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OOCL launches 6th and last megaship

Author: Posttime:2018-01-22 09:31:10

Hong Kong-based line OOCL launched the sixth and last of its megaships at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) this week.

The final vessel in OOCL’s latest series of 21,413 teu containerships was christened at a ceremony held at SHI’s Geoje island shipyard.
Named by Sponsors Mrs Shirley Peng and Mrs Mary Liu as the OOCL Indonesia, she will begin her maiden voyage this month and join her other five sister vessels on OOCL’s Asia-North Europe Loop 1 (LL1) trade lane to form a formidable team in the fleet, OOCL said in a press release.
“Over the years, the strength and competitiveness of OOCL’s fleet plays a very important role in the company’s business performance. We are very appreciative of our long-standing partnership with SHI and for their excellent support in completing our series of six 'G Class' containerships within a year’s time so that they can be deployed in our fleet when we needed them most,” said OOCL ce Andy Tung.
“The flexibility provided in our newbuilding programme is one of the crucial elements to how we can better manage our fleet and operations in such a dynamic and challenging industry,” Tung added.
Tung noted a good start to the new year in 2018, as the industry is seeing a much healthier global economic environment not seen in many years since the 2009 financial crisis, and that various governments around the world are continuing to fuel the growth momentum with policy agendas to boost trade and economic cooperation.
“In addition to China’s leadership in the One Belt One Road Initiative to help bring markets closer together and opening new opportunities for trade, another policy agenda closer to home is the signing of the Hong Kong-Asean Free Trade Agreement just last November,” said Tung.
The OOCL Indonesia 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.
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