Hapag-Lloyd adds to equipment order

Hapag-Lloyd has taken further steps to try and alleviate the shortage of container equipment with a $550m order for 150,000 teu of dry and reefer boxes, and 8,000 specialist containers.

“The container shipping industry is currently seeing unprecedented demand, which has led to a shortage of containers all over the world,” said chief executive Rolf Habben Jansen. “With its recent container orders, Hapag-Lloyd is contributing to efforts to ease the current situation.”

Hapag-Lloyd has already ordered 300,000 teu of containers since the beginning of the crisis.

“On top of the pandemic and delayed shipments due to port congestion, shippers and forwarders worldwide have had to cope with an added complication: a shortage of boxes to ship their goods,” the carrier said. “The fact is that because boxes are turning slower, shipping companies need more than the normal number of containers to carry the same volume.”