'this naming ceremony is a symbol of the close connection to our homeport, which is simultaneously the homeport of the Guayaquil Express," said Hapag-Lloyd chairman Michael Behrendt.
The Guayaquil Express was ordered in 2015, built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea, and sails between Europe and South America. With a length of 333 metres and a width of 48 metres, the ship is designed for the new locks of the Panama Canal.
The Guayaquil Express will operate in the SWX service, calling at the following ports: Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Caucedo, Cartagena, Manzanillo/PA, Buenaventura, Callao, Puerto Angamos and Valparaiso.
"By deploying the ship, rather than bringing any new tonnage into the market, Hapag-Lloyd is replacing two older vessels with each of the new state-of-the-art ones. As a result, significantly more efficient ships will be deployed between North Europe and South America west coast without noticeably increasing capacity in the market," a company statement said.
Each of the five new ships has 2,100 plugs for temperature-controlled reefer containers. This makes them particularly well suited for transporting perishable goods, such as fruits, vegetables, meat, fish or pharmaceutical products - goods that are exported from Latin America in large quantities.
The vessels set the highest standards in environmental protection, and achieve especially low fuel-consumption and emissions levels thanks to innovative onboard technologies. They are equipped with a highly efficient main engine, an optimised hull shape and a novel lashing and loading system for a higher utilisation.