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Colombo Express at Colombo Port

'Colombo Express' the world's largest container ship called at Colombo Port.

Hapag - Lloyd which owns the vessel in a statement said that Colombo was not only an important transhipment hub for the Company in the past but it has also remained a key port up to the present day.

"Customers are provided with seven weekly departures providing links with the world's main economic centres and the Port of Colombo is also a significant transhipment hub for the Indian subcontinent", the company statement added. This 335m long and 43m wide new giant vessel built at Hyundai heavy Industries in Korea can carry 8,750 TEUs. Lined up end to end, the containers would stretch for 53 km. The ship's engine provides the vessel with a speed of 25 knots, or about 50 km/h.

"Colombo Express" has a diesel output of 68,640 kw and generates sufficient electricity to supply a fairly large small town. Hapag - Lloyd is the first shipping line to use this kind of innovative and environment - friendly marine diesel.
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