Hong Kong-listed Orient Overseas Container Line took delivery of the second of six 21,413 teu containership at a ceremony at the premises of Samsung Heavy Industries on Geoje Island, South Korea, yesterday.
“The state-of-the-art technologies in these newbuildings are truly pushing boundaries,” said Mr. Andy Tung, chief executive of OOCL, during his remarks at the naming ceremony. “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.”
The OOCL Germany, and her sister vessels, are designed with many advanced green features that can help meet future environmental requirements. For instance, the energy efficiency of these containerships not only satisfies the current Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) baseline requirement, but is 48% better than the EEDI level required by the International Maritime Organization in 2025.
The OOCL Germany 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.
In early July, after months of speculation, Cosco Shipping, along with Shangahi International Port Group revealed they had sealed a deal to acquire OOCL. The acquisition, which values OOCL at $6.3bn, awaits regulatory approval.