Hapag-Lloyd was created on September 1st 1970 as a result of the merger of two traditional German shipping lines. Hapag-Lloyd is a globally active group operating in the markets of transport and logistics. In the cruises market they are the leader in German-speaking countries. They are also one of the foremost logistics specialists for the chemical, oil and petrochemical industries in Europe, and hold an excellent position in the European general cargo transport market, as well as for the storage and distribution of consumer goods. Their worldwide container liner shipping, serving the global East-West routes is one of the top carriers.