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“Chicago Express” Dual-Purpose Ship

In Hamburg, one of the largest training ships in the world, the “Chicago Express”, has for the first time taken a group of future officers on board – eight nautical officer cadets have reported for duty. The 8,750 TEU container giant is the second training ship in the Hapag-Lloyd fleet.

Everyone at Hapag-Lloyd is proud of the 336-metre long, 43 metre wide “Chicago Express”. This is also true of Michael Behrendt, chairman of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG: “This is a special ship, fulfilling a dual role of outstanding significance for our company. She will help us to sustain necessary growth in liner shipping, and will at the same time stir enthusiasm among young people for our industry, preparing them for a challenging future-oriented career.”

On 31st August the nautical officer cadets boarded the vessel at Container Terminal Altenwerder. They complete their time at sea (in total one year) towards qualifying to study at a nautical college. On 19th October, the ship’s mechanic apprentices, who are learning a skilled trade, will follow. In total, alongside the crew, there will be fifteen apprentices on board, aged between 18 and 22, coming from the whole of Germany, plus two training officers. For the trainees and their trainers, there is an additional training deck. This means that the “Chicago Express” has seven accommodation decks, compared to only six on her sister ships. The nerve centre of the training deck is the multi-media training room with its computer network. The vocational trainees stay two to four months on board the “Chicago Express”. Thereafter they are posted in pairs to other vessels in the Hapag-Lloyd fleet. During their deployment on the training ships, Hapag-Lloyd places great importance on the young trainees getting to know other countries, their peoples and cultures. When on shore, they take part regularly in excursions, to widen their horizons. “With the “Chicago Express” we have reacted to the additional need for qualified upcoming seafarers. And we are committed to doing so,” says Michael Behrendt.

“Chicago Express”

The “Chicago Express”, which was named in Korea in February this year, is a giant container vessel with the dimensions of three soccer fields. She has a length of 335 metres and measures at least 60 metres from keel to superstructure. Displacing 104,000 t, she has slots for 8,750 standard containers. The main engine developing almost 70,000 kW gives the ship a speed of 25 knots, or almost 50 kph. This marine diesel is the size of a comfortable detached house. The rudder plate covers 74 square metres and the propeller is more than nine metres in diameter. The crew of this German-flag vessel numbers 24 seafarers.

The “Chicago Express” is deployed within the Grand Alliance framework in the Europe-Far East Trade on the round voyage calling Shanghai, Xiamen, Yantian, Hong Kong, Singapore, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Port Kelang and again Hamburg.


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