Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd. (“OOCL”) hosted the naming ceremony of a brand-new 24,188 TEU vessel container today at the Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (DACKS) shipyard. The mega containership is named as “OOCL Piraeus”, and becomes the first of six 24,188 TEU vessels ordered by OOCL and to be delivered by DACKS.
OOCL placed an order for a total of twelve 24,188 TEU container vessels in 2020. Of this set of twelve, OOCL Piraeus is the second vessel to be delivered following the delivery of the OOCL Spain earlier in the year. Vessels in this series incorporate the latest technology, and are equipped with advanced smart systems and upgraded green design, such as low resistance lines design and an energy-saving bulbous bow. This series of green and smart mega vessels will provide OOCL with the advantages of economies of scale, energy efficiency and long-term navigational safety.
The vessel was officially named by FANG Xue Yu, Executive Vice President of Hisense International Co., Ltd., in the presence of a number of distinguished guests, and OOCL’s partners and customers.
Teddy FUNG, Director of Trades at OOCL, said at the ceremony: “I would like to especially thank the ship builder DACKS. This mega vessel exemplifies their ingenuity, capability and craftmanship. This series of containerships is an excellent example of the concept of green shipping. They enable OOCL to enhance its service offering even further, while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact per TEU. This allows OOCL to create a benefit to be shared with its customers and indeed with all stakeholders, a true example of win-win co-operation.”
YU Jianzhong, Chief Accountant of COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry said at the ceremony: “DACKS will live up to the expectation of OOCL and complete the construction of the rest vessels within this series on time with good quality, in order to return the trust and support of the ship owners, and to implement development strategy of COSCO SHIPPING Group. We will give full play to the value creation role of the industrial sector, and contribute to the prosperity and development of the main shipping business of COSCO SHIPPING Group.”
“OOCL Piraeus” will join OOCL’s Asia-Europe service LL3 from June. Her port rotation is: Shanghai / Xiamen / Nansha / Hong Kong / Yantian / Cai Mep / Singapore / Piraeus / Hamburg / Rotterdam / Zeebrugge / Valencia / Piraeus / Abu Dhabi / Singapore / Shanghai in a 84-day round trip.