On the evening of September 13, 2006 the newbuilding ‘OOCL Europe’ made its first call at the Port of Hamburg. The vessel, which berthed at the CTA, began its first journey in China. It services the liner route ‘AE4’ of the Grand Alliance, of which OOCL is a member line.
Its regular rotation brings the ship to the ports of Dalian, Xingang, Qingdao, Pusan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Singapore, Port Kelang, Jeddah, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Southampton, Singapore, Kaohsiung, Pusan ant then again Dalian. The ports of Pusan and Singapore are being served on the outward journey as well as on the return trip. A roundtrip takes 56 days or eight weeks.
At the Port of Hamburg 2,000 containers have been discharged and 1,800 have been loaded. In addition, nine pieces of breakbulk cargo have been loaded on board in Hamburg.
Overall the vessel has slots for 8063 teus, 710 of them for reefers. The ship was built by Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. at Koje Shipyard in South Korea. It was delivered on July 26, 2006. It is registered under the Hong Kong flag, and is owned by Swan National Leasing (Commercials) Limited and operated by OOCL.