On 1 September, Orient Overseas Container named its third 21,000+ teu containership and its second entry into the Guinness Book of Records.
At the naming ceremony of the 21,413 teu OOCL Japan, OOCL chief executive, Andy Tung paid tribute to South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries.
“Samsung Heavy Industries is one of leading shipbuilders in the world, and we have always valued their level of commitment to quality and the versatility to tackle on new challenges, just as we are doing now to build these incredible 21,000 teu class vessels, the largest containerships in the world to date,” said Mr Tung.
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.
“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,” he added.
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.
Commenting on the timing of the deployment of the fleet of six 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.”
In this age of ever expanding containerships it remains to be seen just how long OOCL can hold on to its latest Guinness record. Close ton two weeks ago it was revealed that rival line CMA CGM had sent letters of intent to Chinese yards Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding and sister yard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding for a series of nine 22,000 teu vessels.