Yantian Express

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Shanghai Express (ship, 2002) 001.jpg
  • Yantian Express (2012–)
  • Shanghai Express (2002–2012)
  • Berlin Express (2002)
Owner: Hapag-Lloyd AG
Operator: Hapag-Lloyd Container Linie
Port of registry:  Germany, Hamburg
Yard number: 1364
In service: 2002
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: Container ship
Length: 321 m (1,053 ft)[2]
Beam: 42 m (138 ft)[2]
Installed power: 49,300 kW (66,100 hp)[2]
Speed: 22.5 kn (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph)[2]
Capacity: 7,510 TEU[2]

Yantian Express is a Hapag-Lloyd Hamburg Express class container ship, delivered in 2002. She was constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea, a measures 320 by 43 m (1,050 by 141 ft), and delivered under the name Berlin Express but soon renamed Shanghai Express. Her capacity is 7,510 20ft containers[2] and she carries this load at 22.5 knots (41.7 km/h; 25.9 mph).[2]

As of April 2008, other Hamburg Express class ships included Berlin Express, Hong Kong Express, and Hamburg Express.

As Shanghai Express, the ship was featured in an episode of Mighty Ships on The Discovery Channel in 2004.[3]


On 3 January 2019 the Yantian Express (IMO 9229831) suffered from a fire event aboard. The ship was en-route from Colombo (Sri Lanka) to Halifax when the fire broke out about 800 nm from the Canadian coast. All 23 seamen were evacuated on 7 January 2019 by the tow-boat "Smit Nicobar".[4] 7 days after the fire broke out the salvage team was able to bring the fire under control and bring back 5 seaman aboard the ship.[5]

On 25 January 2019 the vessel's operators, Hapag-Lloyd, declared General Average[6] [7] and placed stakeholders in the ship and its cargo on notice for liability for salvage costs.

Also on 25 January 2019 the Yantain Express got underway on her own power [8] en-route to her port of refuge, Freeport, Bahamas.


  1. ^ a b c "Shanghai Express (9229831)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Yantian Express". Hapag–Lloyd. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Super Ships Episodes". TV Guide. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  4. ^ tagesschau.de. "Besatzung von deutschem Containerschiff nach Feuer gerettet". tagesschau.de (in German). Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  5. ^ dvz.de. "Container-Brand auf der „Yantian Express" unter Kontrolle". dvz.de (in German). Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ theloadstar.co.uk. "Shippers braced for-costly repatriation of salvageable Yantian Express cargo". theloadstar.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  7. ^ theloadstar.co.uk. "Hapag-Lloyd declares general-average on fire-stricken Yantian Express". theloadstar.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  8. ^ fleetmon.com. "Container-ship Yantian Express fire update Jan-27". www.fleetmon.com. Retrieved 31 January 2019.

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