6th September 2017
HONG Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has taken delivery of its third in a series of six 21,000 TEU class containerships, the OOCL Japan, from the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard today.
At the christening ceremony, OOCL's CEO, Andy Tung, also announced that the new vessel's sister ship, the OOCL Hong Kong, has been confirmed the largest boxship in the world.
"Once again, we are very delighted to be setting yet another record with our long-time business partner because earlier this week, we have been confirmed by the Guinness World Records that the OOCL Hong Kong has officially been recorded as the world's biggest containership by carry capacity at 21,413 TEU.
"In fact, this would be the second time that OOCL is breaking records. The last time OOCL set a Guinness World Records title was for the largest containership back in April 2003 with the OOCL Shenzhen, an 8,063 TEU vessel," Mr Tung said.
The OOCL Japan will be serving the Asia-Europe trade lane on the LL1 service and her port rotation is: Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Yantian, Singapore, via Suez Canal, Felixstowe, Rotterdam, Gdansk, Wilhelmshaven, Felixstowe, via Suez Canal, Singapore, Yantian, Shanghai in a 77-day round trip.
Mr Tung said that the network operations with its alliance partners were continuing as planned and the new products, including the LL1 service, that were launched in April were settling in well.
Commenting on the timing of the deployment of our 21,413 TEU vessels this year, Mr Tung said: "The economic growth fundamentals continue to show further improvement so far this year, and under the new industry landscape, we are seeing signs of a stronger rebound after witnessing significant volume growth, increased liftings, and more sustainable rate levels that are positively impacting revenues in the first half of 2017.
"We are pleased to be rolling out these new vessels under the current environment, and look forward to solid demand growth on a much stronger trajectory."