To help ease the scarcity of empty containers, Hapag-Lloyd has ordered another 75 000 TEU dry boxes. The containers will be manufactured in China and delivered within the fourth quarter of 2021.
This brings the line’s total investment in containers since the beginning of 2020 to 625 000 TEUs.
“While the normal turnaround time for our containers lies at 50 days, we currently need up to 60 days and more due to massive congestion at ports, terminals and inland operations worldwide,” says CEO Rolf Habben Jansen.
“This means that today about 20% more containers are bound in shipment while transporting the same amount of cargo before the crisis.”
Hapag-Lloyd now has a container fleet of more than 2.8 million TEUs, among them 250 000 TEUs of reefer containers for refrigerated cargo.