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Friday, November 23, 2018 

Hapag-Lloyd will retrofit ten Hamburg-class 13,000TEU containerships with hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems over the course of the next two years. The first vessel in the series, Hamburg Express, will be fitted with a scrubber in March 2019 at the Qingdao Beihai shipyard in China.

Hapag-Lloyd estimates that all of the installations will be completed before the end of 2020.

The decision was made as a part of Hapag-Lloyd’s response to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) upcoming low sulphur regulation. The IMO2020 regulation limits the sulphur emissions caused by marine fuels to 0.5 percent as of 1 January 2020.

“Using compliant low sulphur fuels is the key solution for Hapag-Lloyd. However, we want to make sure we test and make use of all relevant solutions, which is why we decided to also retrofit our Hamburg Class vessels with EGCS,” said Anthony Firmin, COO of Hapag-Lloyd.

Hapag-Lloyd also has 17 new vessels in its fleet, which can be converted to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The company will retrofit one vessel of 15,000TEU during 2019 – and will then test whether LNG is a suitable alternative to low sulphur fuel.

With a fleet of 222 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 1.6MTEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world's leading liner shipping companies. The Company has around 12,000 employees and 394 offices in 127 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of approximately 2.6 million TEU – including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers.

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