The \"Kyoto Express,\" Hapag-Lloyd\'s latest mega containership, has been named in Yokohama and consecrated with the traditional Shinto ceremony recently. The patron was Minako Kusakari, the wife of NYK chairman.
\"The \'Kyoto Express\' is an innovative ship, is deployed worldwide, bears the name of the most important city in Japan historically and culturally, the imperial city of Kyoto, sails under German flag and belongs to a company that has been a partner of Japanese foreign trade for more than 120 years,\" stated Michael Behrendt, chairman of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG, at the naming ceremony in Japan.
After a traditional Shinto ceremony, which has not yet been performed for a ship of this scale, the newbuilding was named in Yokohama by Minako Kusakari, wife of the chairman of shipping line Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), Takao Kusakari. Hapag-Lloyd and NYK have been partners for more than 35 years and cooperate in the Grand Alliance, the leading integrated consortium in international liner shipping.
The \"Tokyo Express\" is a giant containership the size of over three football fields: 335m long and 43m wide and over 60m from the keel to the superstructure. The newbuilding with a capacity of 104,000-ton can carry 8,750 standard containers (TEU) and is thus one of the world\'s largest containerships. The main engine with its output of nearly 70,000 KW provides a speed of 25 knots, almost 50 km/h. The ship\'s diesel has the size of a comfortable detached house: nearly 25m long, 5m wide and 13m high. The rudder blade measures 74 sq m., while the propeller has a diameter of over 9m. The vessel, which sails under German flag, is manned by a crew of 24.
The \"Kyoto Express\" is deployed in the context of the Grand Alliance, providing services between Europe and the Far East on the round route Shanghai, Xiamen, Yantian, Hong Kong, Singapore, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Port Kelang and Hong Kong again.
Adolf Adrion, member of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG, assured the over 200 naming ceremony guests that the company will continue to give top priority to customer orientation. \"We will meet the wishes and logistics requirements of shippers in a reliable and competitive way and offer the highest quality,\" he confirmed. Hapag-Lloyd has been calling at ports in Japan since 1886 and thus provides a traditional link between the Japanese economy and the rest of the world.