Release Date: 01 May 2008
Release ID: 997
Second state-of-the-art training ship in the Hapag-Lloyd fleet
The long-established Hamburg shipping <line Hapag-Lloyd today named a containership in Malaysia for the first time. The patron of the 336m long “Kuala Lumpur Express” is Ursula Adrion, wife of Adolf Adrion, member of the executive board of Hapag-Lloyd AG. The “Kuala Lumpur Express” can carry 8,749 TEU and is the second ultra-modern training ship on which Hapag-Lloyd trains its nautical and technical personnel, following the identical “Chicago Express”, which entered service in February 2006. Both mega containerships are among the largest vessels of their type worldwide.
In addition to her crew of 24, the “Kuala Lumpur Express” carries 15 upcoming seafarers and two trainers on board. The heart of the additionally installed training deck is a multimedia training room. A training workshop is also provided in the engine room. This year, another six groups will start their education on board of both training ships, including young apprentices as officers assistants, ship mechanic trainees and future engineers on watch.
Hapag-Lloyd is thus underlining its traditionally strong commitment in the training area. In recent years, the company has continuously increased the number of training places it has offered. A total of 56 young persons began their training in the marine area at Hapag-Lloyd in 2007, and the figure will be up to 75 this year. In the past ten years, Hapag-Lloyd has given close on 300 young persons training opportunities on board. The total number including traineeships on land (commercial and industrial occupations) is more than 560.
“Our sector has a huge need for young technical and nautical staff, and, given the optimistic growth forecasts, this requirement will tend to increase in the next few years,” commented Hapag-Lloyd executive board member Adolf Adrion. “Containershipping offers
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