BRITISH minister for maritime Nusrat Ghani this week presided over the official naming of Hapag-Lloyd’s new 15,000 TEU containership, Afif (IMO 9732345).
The new ship is the second-largest ship in the Hapag-Lloyd fleet, according to a statement from the liner, and it was built for United Arab Shipping Lines, with which Hapag-Lloyd merged in May 2017.
Afif is equipped with the technology to use LNG as a fuel, thereby able to use the cleaner burning fuel when the IMO sulphur cap comes into force in 2020, or before.
Hapag-Lloyd chief operating officer Anthony J. Firmin said the company was happy to name a ship in the UK for the first time in 20 years.
“The Afif is over three times the size of the London Express, a ship that received its name in Southampton, England, in 1998,” he said.
Afif means “chaste” or “virtuous” in Arabic, and is also the name of a town in Saudi Arabia, roughly 500 kilometres west of the capital Riyadh.
Afif sails on the FE4 service, from Southampton, the ship is to sail to Yanitan, Shanghai, Busan and Ningbo before returning to Europe.