Hapag-Lloyd has taken delivery of another mega containership with
a capacity for 8,750 standard container
s, the Osaka Express. The vessel was named in Hong Kong and will be deployed between Europe and Far East.
The naming was performed in Hong Kong by Catherine Desbois, wife of GÃ©rard
Desbois, CEO of JF Hillebrand Group AG. This company has specialised in the
transport of wines and champagne as well as top-quality spirits such as cognacs
and whiskies and is leading in this segment worldwide. The value of the
merchandise carried in a container can thus quickly reach six-figure sums.
The Osaka Express is being deployed between Europe and the Far East. The
ship is 1,099 ft. long and 141 ft. wide and measures over 196.8 ft. from
keel to superstructure. Her length and breadth correspond roughly to the
dimensions of three football fields. The Osaka Express can carry 8,750 standard
containers and has 730 reefer plugs for refrigerated containers
. She achieves a
speed of 25 knots and completes a round voyage between Europe and Asia in 56
Michael Behrendt noted that Hapag-Lloyd has a very traditional link with China.
The first regular service between Hamburg and Shanghai, offering two departures a month, was started in 1872. Additional services were offered in subsequent years.
At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, Hapag provided a
steamship service on the Yangtze Kiang between Shanghai and Hankau. North
German Lloyd, Hapag-Lloydâ€™s other original company, contributed with its imperial mail steamer lines to opening up new sales markets
in Asia for German foreign trade. Hapag-Lloyd offers 28 weekly services between Asia and Europe
and Asia and America, many of them also calling at ports in the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China.