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Silke Lehmköster to become Managing Director Fleet at Hapag-Lloyd

Silke Lehmköster, Managing Director Fleet at Hapag-Lloyd

Posted on April 3, 2024

Effective 1 April 2024, Silke Lehmköster has taken over the role of Managing Director Fleet at Hapag-Lloyd, with responsibility for Fleet Management, Fleet Innovation & Technology and Chartering as well as the Newbuildings Project Group. She is succeeding Richard von Berlepsch, who will focus on selected projects and committee work going forward. In her new role, Silke Lehmköster will report to Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hapag-Lloyd AG.

“We would like to congratulate Silke Lehmköster and wish her all the best in her new role as Managing Director Fleet,” says Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf. “Next to maintaining the highest standards and ensuring the continuous safe and compliant operation of our vessels, one of her big challenges will be to further advance the decarbonisation of our fleet, helping us to achieve our goal of being climate-neutral by 2045. At the same time, we would like to thank Richard von Berlepsch for his passionate and highly professional commitment over the last 40 years”, Dr. Maximilian Rothkopf continues.

Silke Lehmköster began her career at Hapag-Lloyd with an apprenticeship at sea in 2005 and was promoted to captain in 2018. Two years later, she switched to an on-shore position and initially served as Senior Director Marine HR before becoming Senior Director Fleet Management in April 2022. As Managing Director Fleet, Silke Lehmköster will be responsible for fleet management, advancing innovative technologies around our fleet and new construction projects, such as the ongoing completion of a total of 12 ultra-modern large container ships with dual-fuel technology and a capacity of 23,600 TEUs.

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About Hapag-Lloyd
With a fleet of 266 modern container ships and a total transport capacity of 2.0 million TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies. In the Liner Shipping segment, the Company has around 13,500 employees and 403 offices in 140 countries. Hapag-Lloyd has a container capacity of 2.9 million TEU – including one of the largest and most modern fleets of reefer containers. A total of 113 liner services worldwide ensure fast and reliable connections between more than 600 ports on all the continents. In the Terminal & Infrastructure segment, Hapag-Lloyd has equity stakes in 20 terminals in Europe, Latin America, the United States, India and North Africa. Around 2,900 employees are assigned to the Terminal & Infrastructure segment and provide complementary logistics services at selected locations in addition to the terminal activities.


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