OOCL has marked two achievements after saying bon voyage to OOCL Japan, its third 21,000 TEU class containership completed at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard, and achieving the Guinness World Record title for its OOCL Hong Kong sister vessel.
However, this is the second time that the Hong Kong-based shipping company is breaking a Guinness World Record as it achieved the title for the largest containership back in April 2003 with the 8,063 TEU OOCL Shenzhen.
Andy Tung, Chief Executive Officer of OOCL, said: “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 thousand TEU class vessels, the largest containerships in the world to date.”
OOCL Japan will be serving the Asia-Europe trade lane on the LL1 service.
In an announcement, OOCL stated that the network operations and new products of the Ocean Alliance, including the LL1 service, were “settling in well”.
Commenting on the deployment of its 21,413 TEU vessels this year, 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.”