Hapag-Lloyd scraps seven container ships
Shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has decided to scrap seven container ships, as the company is modernizing its fleet in the wake of the acquisition of UASC. The ships, which each contain a capacity of 4,101 TEU, will according to the company, be recycled at green shipyards in Turkey and China.
"Recycling the ships is part of the restructuring of our fleet. Since the merger with UASC, we are able to boast that in an average we have of one of the youngest fleets in the industry, "says Chief Operating Officer in Hapag-Lloyd, Anthony Firmin.
The shipping company has not given any concrete information as to which yards will be responsible for scrapping the ships. However, according to Hapag-Lloyd, the respective yards are have the special equipment it takes and are certified to scrap and recycle ships in an environmentally friendly manner.
Although the company have not identified the seven ships, it is believed to be the remaining A-class vessels - Al Abdali, Al Farahidi, Al Rain, Asir, Fowairet, Sabya and Sudair, all built in the year of 1998.
In September 2017, Hapag-Lloyd srapped three older vessels from the former UASC fleet at a green ship recykler. The three ships were the Japanese-built Deira, Najran and Sakaka, each of 4,100 TEU and built in the year of 1998.
Source: TradeWinds / Maritime Denmark