Germany’s Hapag-Lloyd has booked the HFO-to-LNG conversion of its 15,000 teu ‘LNG-ready’ container ship, Sajir, acquired in its 2017 take-over of UASC, at China’s Huarun Dadong Shipyard.

Hapag-Lloyd has inked the first ever conversion of a containership to use LNG as fuel for one of 17 LNG ready newbuildings that came into its fleet from the merger with UASC.

Hapag-Lloyd is to convert one of the LNG-ready containerships it acquired in the UASC merger, and fit scrubbers on two vessels as it analyses options apart from low sulphur fuel for complying with the IMO's 2020 sulphur cap.

Innovative new UAE-based maritime company Zaitoun Green Shipping has formed a consortium with world leading companies in smart technology and solutions to collaborate on radically improving performance of container ships and forming a new business model for this market.

One of the latest additions to Hapag-Lloyd’s fleet the 15,000 teu Afif was named by the UK’s Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani on Monday.

Following its takeover of UASC German container line Hapag-Lloyd is putting newbuilding orders on hold for the next few years.

Hapag-Lloyd has taken delivery of the 15,000 teu Al Jemilyah, the last of a series 17 newbuilds ordered from the Hyundai Samho yard by UASC in the summer of 2013.

Following it's merger with UASC Hapag-Lloyd’s debt has ballooned to $8.34bn and the line says it does not plan to newbuildings.

Hapag-Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Co (UASC) have completed their merger and will now focus on the integration of the two companies.

The mooted merger between Hapag Lloyd and United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has apparently run into problems due to worries over the commitment of Qatar Investment Authority, UASC’s top shareholder.

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