OOCL takes delivery of 2nd 21,413-TEU megaship ’OOCL Germany’

OOCL takes delivery of 2nd 21,413-TEU megaship 'OOCL Germany'

HONG Kong-based ocean carrier Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has taken of the 21,413-TEU OOCL Germany from the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on Geoje Island, South Korea, according to a company statement.

24 August 2017 - 20:00 - Update: 25 August 2017 - 21:36

The new vessel is the second of the six, 21,000-TEU class vessels on order at the shipyard. Samsung Heavy Industries received the order from OOCL for the six vessels in April 2015, costing the shipping line about US$950 million, the shipbuilder said.

The first vessel in the series, OOCL Hong Kong, was delivered in May, making it the largest containership on the seas, surpassing the prior record of the 20,568-TEU Madrid Maersk, which was delivered in April. The ocean carrier said earlier this month that all vessels in the series are expected to be delivered by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

"The state-of-the-art technologies in these newbuildings are truly pushing boundaries," said Andy Tung, CEO OOCL. "As a ship owner, meeting environmental requirements are important considerations when working with the shipyard to ensure that we can make the vessel as 'future proof' as possible, particularly how we are seeing environmental standards and requirements becoming more and more stringent in the industry over the years.

"It has been a real privilege for us to be working alongside Samsung Heavy Industries, our long-standing business partner, on this journey - sharing the same commitment to aim high and deliver quality product and services."

The OOCL Germany will join the OOCL Hong Kong on the Asia-Europe LL1 service, which has a rotation of Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian, Singapore, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Gdansk, Wilhemshaven, Felixstowe, Singapore, Yantian and Shanghai.

OOCL's most recent online service schedules show the OOCL Germany will join the LL1 with the September 5 departure from Shanghai.

According to ocean carrier schedule and capacity database BlueWater Reporting, the LL1 is operated by the OCEAN Alliance, a vessel sharing agreement on major east-west trades that includes OOCL, CMA CGM, APL, COSCO and Evergreen Line.

The loop deploys 11 vessels - eight provided by OOCL and three provided by COSCO - with an average capacity of 13,228 TEU.




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