Hong Kong’s Oriental Overseas Container Line named the world’s largest containership, OOCL Hong Kong on Friday at a christening ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries yard on Geoje Island.
In his ceremonial remarks, Mr. C. C. Tung, Chairman of Orient Overseas (International) Limited addressed the importance of this occasion for the company. “This is a very exciting time for all of us because today marks the first time that OOCL is receiving newbuildings in the 21,000 teu size. In fact, the OOCL Hong Kong will be a titan among containerships at sea, with a carrying capacity at 21,413 teu. An important milestone for us at OOCL indeed.”
OOCL Hong Kong has a length overall of 399.87m, a breadth of 58.8m and a designed draught of 14.5m.
“While our industry seems to have the knack to ‘out do’ one another in building larger containerships relatively quickly these days, this project is nonetheless an important moment for us. Faced with increasing competition and unending pressure on costs, we need to take the bold step in operating larger size ships of quality and high efficiency in order to stay relevant and compete effectively as a major container shipping company,” Mr Tung said.
The last time that OOCL set the world record for the largest containership was back in April 2003 with the OOCL Shenzhen, an 8,063 teu vessel, also built at the SHI shipyard.
Referring to the industry’s “knack to outdo one another, Mr Tung no doubt had in mind the recent arrival of Mitsui OSK Lines’ MOL Triumph in Hong Kong in April this year. As it sailed down the coast of Mainland China from Shanghai, the MOL Triumph was being heralded as the world’s largest containership with a carrying capacity of 20,170 teu. By the time it reached Hong Kong MOL Triumph had slipped to second place as Maersk Line took delivery of the Madrid Maersk boasting a 20,568 teu carrying capacity.
The OOCL Hong Kong 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.