OOCL has welcomed the largest box vessel in the world – 21,413 teu OOCL Hong Kong.
A christening ceremony for the boxship was held at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard on Geoje Island.
C C Tung, chairman of Orient Overseas (International) Limited, said: “This is a very exciting time for us because today marks the first time OOCL has received newbuildings in the 21,000 teu size. In fact, OOCL Hong Kong will be a titan among container ships, with a carrying capacity at 21,413 teu. An important milestone for us at OOCL indeed.
“While our industry seems to have the knack to outdo one another in building larger container ships 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 ships of quality and high efficiency to stay relevant and compete effectively as a major container shipping company.”
The last time that OOCL set the world record for the largest container ship was back in April 2003 with the OOCL Shenzhen, an 8,063 teu vessel, also built at the SHI shipyard.