Anthony J Firmin News

11 Jan 2019

Hapag-Lloyd Names Rothkopf COO

Maximilian Rothkopf. Pic: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd has announced that Maximilian Rothkopf  is to be its new chief operating officer (COO). He will take over as new COO of Hapag-Lloyd when Anthony J. Firmin retires in late June.Maximilian Rothkopf, who holds a master's degree as well as a doctorate in business administration, has been a Partner since 2014 at McKinsey & Company, where he has been a member of the global Travel, Transport and Logistics (TTL) leadership team. He started his career in 2005 at the management consulting firm…

05 Sep 2018

Hapag-Lloyd is 'Excellence Green Star' in Ship Recycling

DNV GL presented Hapag-Lloyd with the “DNV GL Excellence Green Star” certificate in recognition of its compliance with the highest standards in ship recycling. The handover was attended by (L to R): Olaf Quas, Technical Service Manager DNV GL, Richard von Berlepsch, Managing Director Ship Management Hapag-Lloyd, Anthony J. Firmin, COO Hapag-Lloyd, Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO DNV GL – Maritime, Torgeir Sterri, Regional Manager West Europe DNV GL, Dirk Lange, Key Account Manager DNV GL. Photo: DNV GL

Container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd is the first company to receive the “DNV GL Excellence Green Star” certificate in recognition of its compliance with the highest standards in ship recycling.Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime, presented the certificate to Hapag-Lloyd COO Anthony J. Firmin at the SMM trade fair in Hamburg.“In 2007, Hapag-Lloyd was the world's first container shipping line to be certified with DNV GL’s ‘Excellence – 5 Stars’ award. We are very happy to continue this tradition,” said Firmin.

23 Aug 2018

Eco-friendly Power for Container Ships in Hamburg Port

Becker Marine Systems, Hapag-Lloyd and HHLA are testing the Becker LNG PowerPac as an alternative power supply at the Port of Hamburg. The compact system is located here at the Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB). Photo: Port of Hamburg

Port of Hamburg is taking a further step toward improving air quality at its port. Innovative technology developed right here in the city is set to enable large and very large container ships to switch off their auxiliary diesel supplies during lay time and instead draw the power they need for on-board operations from a new kind of mobile generator.Becker Marine Systems, Hapag-Lloyd AG and Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) have been testing the new technology as part of a joint pilot project since the start of the year.

16 Jul 2018

Container Ship “Afif” Named in London Gateway

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

It took British Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani just one go to activate the mechanism that sent a big champagne bottle crashing against the massive sidewall of the “Afif”. This marked the official naming of the 15,000 TEU container ship on 16 July 2018. The name “Afif” is of Arabic origin and means “purity” and “honesty”; also, Afif is a city in central Saudi Arabia. The ship is technically equipped to use LNG fuel. With its ten sisters, “Afif” belongs to the category of “Ultra Large Container Vessel”, the second-largest ship class in Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet.

25 May 2018

Decarbonization, Digitalization Top the Maritime Agenda

(Photo: Eric Haun)

In September, more than 50,000 maritime industry visitors from some 120 countries will come to Hamburg for SMM, one of the world’s leading international trade fairs. Today, representatives from key parts of the maritime sector, from ship owners to shipbuilders, convened in Hamburg to sit on a panel to discuss some of the topics highest on the agendas of industry stakeholders and at the heart of the upcoming SMM. Anthony J. Dr. Much of the discussion centered on digitalization and decarbonization…

09 May 2018

Hapag-LLoyd Extends Contract of CEO Rolf Habben Jansen

Rolf Habben Jansen. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

The supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd AG has unanimously approved to extend the contract of Chief Executive Officer Rolf Habben Jansen for a further five years until 31 March 2024. “With Rolf Habben Jansen at the head, Hapag-Lloyd has further improved its position as a leading global liner shipping company in a challenging market environment and as an active driver of industry consolidation. The extension of his contract ensures continuity in the corporate management,” said Michael Behrendt, chairman of the supervisory board of Hapag-Lloyd AG.

15 Sep 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Orders 7,700 New Reefer Containers

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

This year, Hapag-Lloyd will once again make investments to maintain and expand its container fleet. The liner shipping company has ordered a total of 7,700 refrigerated containers (Reefers) of the latest generation – including 7,000 x 40-foot and 700 x 20-foot units. In addition, 1,000 of the new containers are equipped with “Controlled Atmosphere” technology, which slows down the ripening process of various types of fruits and vegetables, thereby allowing them to be transported for longer periods of time while maintaining a consistent quality. Production will already begin in September.

24 Mar 2017

Anthony and Nicolás Remain on Hapag-Lloyd Board

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd AG

Hapag-Lloyd AG has announced the continuity in the executive management - Anthony J. Firmin remains COO and Nicolás Burr remains CFO. The Supervisory Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG extended the Executive Board contracts of Anthony J. Firmin (COO) and Nicolás Burr (CFO) by two years until 30 June 2019 and 29 February 2020 respectively. “In this important phase involving the upcoming closing and subsequent integration of UASC, we are counting on continuity in the executive management.

23 Jan 2017

Hapag-Lloyd Names 10,500 TEU Box Ship

(Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd held the naming ceremony for its newest German flagged containership, the Cartagena Express, at the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries shipyard in Samho, South Korea. “With the Cartagena Express, yet another state-of-the-art ship of our 10,500 TEU fleet is setting sail. In terms of size, design and reefer capacity, it is ideally suited for the traffic between Europe and South America West Coast,” said Anthony J. Firmin, Chief Operating Officer of Hapag-Lloyd.

07 Dec 2016

Hapag-Lloyd Names First of Five 10,500 TEU Box Ships

Valparaíso Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd held a naming ceremony for the first of its five new vessels in its new 10,500 TEU class containerships, Valparaíso Express. Valparaíso Express was named by Rozío Gonzaléz – wife of Andrónico Luksic, Chairman of the Board of the Quiñenco Group – who performed the ceremony at the Terminal Pacifico Sur (TPS) in the port of Valparaíso, where the new ship will call regularly going forward. The Quiñenco Group is the largest shareholder of CSAV, one of the three controlling shareholders of the Hapag-Lloyd.

06 Oct 2016

Hapag-Lloyd Invests in its Reefer Fleet

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Announcing further investment in container fleet, liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has ordered a total of 5,750 refrigerated containers (reefers) of the latest generation – including 5,000 x 40-foot and 750 x 20-foot units. In addition, 1,000 of the new containers are equipped with “controlled atmosphere” technology, which allows various types of fruits and vegetables to be transported for longer periods of time while maintaining a consistent quality. In addition to temperature-sensitive goods – such as fruits…

20 Sep 2016

Hapag-Lloyd orders 5,750 state-of-the-art Reefers

Photo by Hapag-Lloyd

With delivery beginning in October 2016, the new order strengthens market position in the transport of temperature-sensitive goods / Tests with new refrigeration equipment and natural refrigerants. Hapag-Lloyd will also be investing in its container fleet this year: The liner shipping company has ordered a total of 5,750 refrigerated containers (reefers) of the latest generation – including 5,000 x 40-foot and 750 x 20-foot units. In addition, 1,000 of the new containers are equipped with “controlled atmosphere” technology…

13 Jul 2016

Hapag-Lloyd Still Strong in Canada

From left to right: Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd; Philippe Couillard, Premierminister von Quebec; Anthony J. Firmin, COO of Hapag-Lloyd. Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd remains the market leader among liner shipping companies in Canada. In the past year, the shipping company saw its market share increase to over 18%. Hapag-Lloyd is the largest liner shipping company in terms of throughput volume at both the Port of Vancouver and the Port of Halifax. Hapag-Lloyd handles more containers in Montreal than in Los Angeles and Long Beach combined – the largest port complex in North America. Deepening the channel is an important topic at the Port of Montreal, as it is in Hamburg.

08 Apr 2016

Valparaíso Express Class: Tailor-made for the New Canal

This is how the newbuildings will look like (Image: Hapag-Lloyd)

The new, expanded Panama Canal is set to open soon. Hapag-Lloyd is preparing for the event by optimizing its fleet. Here, we show you what these new ships will look like. The new Panama Canal will usher in a new era in shipping between South America and Europe. Starting soon, huge vessels of the post-Panamax class – capable of carrying up to 14,000 20-foot standard containers (TEU) – will be able to navigate this important trade route. Until now, the upper limit has been just a bit below 5,000 TEU.

10 Feb 2016

Hapag-Lloyd Buys 2 Ships for S.America Trade

Hapag-Lloyd has taken delivery of two wide-beam 3,500-TEU ships from the Dutch shipping company NileDutch for an undisclosed purchase price. The two 2015-built containerships will initially be deployed in South America, and Hapag-Lloyd is also chartering two more identical ships from NileDutch’s same series, both of which will be deployed together with their sister ships. The wide-beam design of the hull means that the ships maintain a comparatively high slot capacity despite having a lower draught, thereby making them particularly well suited for ports with shallow water as for example some South American ports. “For Hapag-Lloyd, these state-of-the-art and highly efficient vessels represent an important enhancement of the fleet,” said Anthony J. Firmin, COO of Hapag-Lloyd.

30 Sep 2015

Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Partner on Dangerous Goods Safety

Hapag-Lloyd’s Berlin Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk Line have agreed to cooperate in increasing the safety of dangerous goods following a meeting today in Hamburg in which Maersk Line showed interest to implement a tracing system similar to Hapag-Lloyd’s watchdog program into its business processes. The watchdog program, together with the Hapag-Lloyd FIS (Freight Information System), continuously examines cargo data to identify anything conspicuous. It has a database of more than 6,000 keywords that is constantly being added to and refined.

19 Aug 2015

As the Reefer Market Grows, Hapag-Lloyd Invests Record Volumes

Hapag-Lloyd is investing a double-digit million amount in its container fleet and has ordered 6,000 (12,000 TEU) of the latest generation of reefer containers. The Company is already one of the largest reefer carriers in the world today. This strong position will enable Hapag-Lloyd to benefit from increasing transport volumes not just on East-West trades, but also on North-South and Latin American trades. “We operate a state-of-the-art reefer fleet that is the fourth-largest in the world. With the new reefers, we are expanding our leading position even further in this specialised business with its specific demands and will thus benefit from the growing reefer market,” says Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd AG.

30 Jul 2015

Hapag-Lloyd Names Haeser Next CCO

Thorsten Haeser (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd AG’s supervisory board has appointed Thorsten Haeser as a new executive board member in charge of Hapag-Lloyd’s global sales activities as chief commercial officer (CCO). Haeser, a law graduate, is currently managing director of Versatel GmbH, a company owned by United Internet AG. Prior to that, he held various management positions at Sixt AG, Telefonica O2 and VIAG Interkom. Haeser will take up his new position in Hamburg on October 1, 2015.

14 Apr 2015

Hapag-Lloyd and the Chinese port of Shenzhen Pact to Reduce Port Emission

Image:  Hapag-Lloyd AG

Hapag-Lloyd and the Shenzhen Port Green Convention have entered into an agreement to cut back on sulphur oxide while the company's vessels are docked at port. "By joining the Shenzhen Port Green Convention, Hapag-Lloyd has demonstrated its commitment to environment," says Hapag-Lloyd’s Chief Operating Officer Anthony J. Firmin. Under the agreement, Hapag-Lloyd has voluntarily undertaken only to use fuel with a sulphur content of less than 0.5% while its ships are docked at the terminal. In doing so, Hapag-Lloyd is increasing its existing efforts to improve air quality in port cities.

01 Jul 2014

Habben Jansen Takes over as Hapag-Lloyd CEO

Rolf Habben Jansen

Hapag-Lloyd announced changes in its Executive Board resulting from departure of Michael Behrendt and Ulrich Kranich; Anthony J. Rolf Habben Jansen, who has been a member of the Hapag-Lloyd AG's Executive Board since April 1, has assumed the position of CEO effective July 1. He succeeds Michael Behrendt, who left the Hapag-Lloyd AG's Executive Board as scheduled on June 30, as did COO Ulrich Kranich. The new COO is Anthony J. Firmin who joined the Executive Board today after 19 years at the company. Peter Ganz continues as CFO, a position he has held since April 2009.

24 Sep 2013

Hapag-Lloyd Ensures Continuity within Executive Management

At its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Hapag-Lloyd AG has set the course at an early stage for maintaining continuity in the Executive Board of Germany’s largest liner shipping company. Rolf Habben-Jansen will succeed Chief Executive Officer Michael Behrendt, who is set to leave in the middle of next year. Habben-Jansen has been appointed to the Executive Board of the company with effect from April 1, 2014 and will assume the position of Chairman of the Executive Board on July 1, 2014. Habben-Jansen is a successful and experienced manager in the logistics sector. Having held positions at the Royal Nedlloyd Group and at DHL, he became CEO of the freight forwarding group Damco NV in The Hague in 2009.

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