The Kyoto Express, Hapag-Lloyd’s latest mega containership
, was named in Yokohama and consecrated with the traditional Shinto ceremony. The patron was the wife of NYK Chairman Minako Kusakari.
The Kyoto Express is a giant containership measuring 1099 ft. (335 m) long, 141 ft. (43 m) wide; and over 197 ft. (60 m) from the keel to the superstructure. The newbuilding has a capacity of 104,000 t and can carry 8,750 standard containers (TEU). The main engine provides a speed of 25 knots (almost 50 km/h). The vessel, which sails under German flag, is manned by a crew of 24.
The Kyoto Express is deployed in the context of the Grand Alliance
, providing services between Europe and the Far East on the round route Shanghai, Xiamen, Yantian, Hong Kong, Singapore, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Port Kelang and Hong Kong again.