The flood of the rare
Hapag-Lloyd is investing heavily and threefold in a basic raw material for the shipping industry: containers. The Hamburg carrier has ordered 150,000 teu from China – both dry boxes and reefer containers.
The order is not brand-new, since some of the boxes were already delivered to the shipping line and integrated into its existing container fleet in Q2/ 2021. Yet, the majority of them are expected to be delivered in the upcoming months.
Additionally, Hapag-Lloyd has ordered 8,000 teu of special containers to be used for over-sized or dangerous goods.
“The container shipping industry is currently seeing unprecedented demand, which has led to a shortage of containers all over the world,” says Rolf Habben Jansen, CEO of Hapag-Lloyd. The investments amount to roughly USD 550 million. (cd)