OOCL takes delivery of 21,000 TEU+ capacity box ship


OOCL has taken delivery of its second new 21,000+ TEU capacity container ship.

The OOCL Germany, a 21,413 TEU newbuilding constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on Geoje Island in South Korea, is the second of six 21,000 TEU class vessels on order at the shipyard.

“The vessel has been delivered and is scheduled to enter our LL1 service on the week of 3 September,” a spokesman told Lloyd’s Loading List. 

“The next four are currently being scheduled for delivery in the coming months, with the last one due early next year.”

OOCL, which is set to be acquired by Cosco subject to regulatory approvals, said the new series of vessels would enhance the competitiveness and efficiency of its fleet.

The vessels not only meet the current Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) baseline requirement, but perform 48% better than the EEDI level required by the International Maritime Organization in 2025.

“The state-of-the-art technologies in these newbuildings are truly pushing boundaries,” said Andy Tung, Chief Executive Officer of OOCL.

“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’s port rotation on the carrier’s LL1 Asia-Europe 77-day round-trip service is as follows: Shanghai / Ningbo / Xiamen / Yantian / Singapore / via Suez Canal / Felixstowe / Rotterdam / Gdansk / Wilhelmshaven / Felixstowe / via Suez Canal / Singapore / Yantian / Shanghai.