HONG Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has taken delivery of its fifth 21,413 TEU boxship in a series of six 'G Class' containerships from Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard.
The vessel, in the shipping liner's fleet of world trade ambassadors, has been named the OOCL Scandinavia that will be joining her sister vessels on its LL1 service, linking major markets in China and Northern Europe together.
At a ceremony to christen the vessel, OOCL chairman, C C Tung, said : "The One Belt One Road initiative comes at a very important time in the shipping industry where leadership and policy directions to stimulate demand growth is needed most. We are in a very capital intensive business, and like the Belt and Road initiative, we cannot do it alone."
Mr Tung thanked SHI for their dedication and support to OOCL over the years to consistently build vessels of the highest quality.
"The incredible work that has gone into the construction of this massive containership before us is the perfect embodiment of what teamwork means and how business collaboration can achieve wonders," said Mr Tung. "This achievement is about working to bring people and companies of different professions and nationalities together to reach new heights, innovate, solve complicated engineering problems, and along the way, why not break a world record too!"
The OOCL Scandinavia will be joining her sister vessels the OOCL Hong Kong, OOCL Germany, OOCL Japan and OOCL United Kingdom in 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 and then returning to Shanghai in a 77-day round trip.