Freight News, Sea

Hapag-Lloyd celebrates 125 years in Montreal

[ May 20, 2017   //   ]

125 years ago, the steamship “Cremon” set sail from Europe to Canada for the first time under the Hapag flag. Hapag-Lloyd celebrated this anniversary in Montreal on May 16th with the shipping company’s customers and other partners.
“As an important connection between Atlantic and Pacific, as well as between the United States, Asia and Europe, Canada has been and continues to be an important and special partner for us,” said Rolf Habben Jansen, the CEO of Hapag-Lloyd AG. “But Canada has also become a hub of the global shipping industry.”
At the end of the 19th century, Canada became so attractive in business terms that it made economic sense for the Hamburg-based shipping company to establish a regular liner service to it. Today, Hapag-Lloyd accounts for almost one-fifth of the total containerized cargo handled each year in Canadian ports. With 14 liner services altogether (6 in Vancouver, 3 in Montreal and 5 in Halifax), Hapag-Lloyd connects the country – directly and dependably – with North Europe, the Mediterranean region, Asia and Oceania, as well as with Africa via transshipment in Tangier.
The steamship “Cremon” was still rather small 125 years ago, with a length of 90 meters and capacity of 2,132 gross register tons. But, today, Hapag-Lloyd handles container transports with vessels of the “Hamburg Express” class, which stretch up to 366 meters long and boast capacities of up to 13,200 TEU. On May 5, the first ship of this class, the “Antwerpen Express,” moored in Vancouver for the first time. It is the largest container ship to ever call at a Canadian port.