Hapag-Lloyd Names First 10,500 TEU Class Vessel ‘Valparaíso Express’
Hapag-Lloyd held a naming ceremony for the “Valparaíso Express”, the first of five new vessels in its new 10,500 TEU class, today. Mrs. Rozío Gonzaléz, the wife of Mr. Andrónico Luksic, Chairman of the Board of the Quiñenco Group, performed the ceremony at the Terminal Pacifico Sur (TPS) in the port of Valparaíso, where the new ship will call regularly in future.
The Quiñenco Group is the largest shareholder of CSAV, one of the three controlling shareholders of the Hapag-Lloyd.
The first vessel in the new “Valparaíso Express” class will sail in the revised Europe – South America West Coast service of Hapag-Lloyd in which four of the five newbuildings are replacing older Panmax ships, while a second Panmax size loop (SW2) and two slot charter agreements (EW1 and EW2) in the same trade lane will be terminated.
The roundtrip of the “Valparaíso Express” will take nine weeks with the following port rotation: Rotterdam, London, Hamburg, Antwerp, Le Havre, Caucedo, Cartagena, Manzanillo (Panama), Buenaventura, Callao, Puerto Angamos, Valparaíso, Callao, Buenaventura, Manzanillo (Panama), Cartagena, Caucedo and Rotterdam.