Hapag–Lloyd Upgrades Fleet by Investing in Sustainability

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Hapag–Lloyd Upgrades Fleet

Hapag–Lloyd launches its comprehensive Fleet Upgrade Program as the first retrofitted propeller is loaded in the port of Hamburg. Optimized for energy efficiency by German manufacturer MMG, the propeller will be installed on the 7,500 TEUs “Ningbo Express” in Dubai during the month of September. The goal of the program is to achieve a technically modernized existing fleet. The Fleet Upgrade Program will service more than 150 vessels within the next 5 years, lowering fuel consumption to further reduce the fleet’s CO2 emissions.

In addition to the new propellers, during the scheduled dry dock stay, a resistance-reducing coat of anti-fouling paint will be applied to all vessels on the area of the exterior hull beneath the waterline. Most measures will be carried out by 2025, and they will make significant contributions to helping the company achieve its climate goals.

The Port of Hamburg – Hapag-Lloyd

“We aim to be climate-neutral by 2045. To reach this goal, we have set ourselves the interim target of reducing the CO2 intensity of our own ships by 30 percent by 2030. To do so, we are investing in new future-proof ships while simultaneously focusing on making our existing fleet fit for the future. The Fleet Upgrade Program will boost the energy efficiency of the entire fleet,” says Dr Maximilian Rothkopf, COO of Hapag-Lloyd AG. 

The Fleet Upgrade Program investment volume will be in the three-digit million range. Combined with the €2 billion order for 12 LNG ships placed two years ago, this large-scale measure demonstrates that Hapag-Lloyd is rigorously investing in sustainable, competitive ship operations for the long term.


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