Hapag-Lloyd has continued to set an example in how to sustainably recycle by selling and transferring three of its older containerships, the Deira, Najra and the Sakaka, to certified shipyards in China and Turkey.
Hapag-Lloyd added the vessels to its fleet after merger with UASC at the end of May, making it the fifth-largest liner shipping company in the world.
The merger also formed one of the youngest, most modern fleets in the industry.
This means that the Deira, Najran and Sakaka, built for UASC in Japanese shipyards in 1997 and 1998 with a capacity of 4,101 TEU, are not as efficient as new, larger ships.
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Hapag-Lloyd is continuing to implement the internal Ship Recycling Policy it adopted in May 2014, whereby it recycles redundant ships in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.
In 2015, the company sold 16 of its fleet’s older units, which were also disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
Anthony Firmin, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hapag-Lloyd, said: “As one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies, we are aware of our ecological and social responsibilities.”