Hong Kong-based shipowner OOCL (Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd.) named its sixth environmentally friendly mega-container, with a capacity of 24,188 TEUs, after Gdynia at a ceremony held on 11 October. This is another similar Polonicum in the global fleet.
The naming ceremony for OOCL Gdynia’s vessel with construction number DE094 occurred at the Dalian shipyard COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co. Ltd. (DACKS), partly owned by Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries. It is the sixth order of twelve 24,000 TEU class green ships ordered by the Chinese company in 2020. According to some sources, it is also the third of the twin ships after OOCL Piraeus and OOCL Felixstowe handed over in May and August.
As stated in the official communiqué – “OOCL was honoured to host Mr Takashi Yanai, Director of Corporate Affairs and General Manager of the Logistics Infrastructure Division of Sumitomo Corporation, as the guest of honour for the ceremony and Mrs Yoshiko Yanai, mother of Mr Takashi Yanai, as the ship’s godmother to name and bless the new ship.”
– Teddy Fung, commercial director of OOCL, said at the ceremony: “Equipped with the latest technology and eco-friendly features, this series of new vessels will gradually upgrade OOCL’s existing fleet. Not only can this meet the expectations of our customers and the public in terms of energy savings and carbon reduction, but it also demonstrates OOCL’s determination to remain at the forefront of industry development. As we look to the future, in the spirit of OOCL’s ‘Take it personally’, we will continue to proactively respond to the changing market and deliver an even better and greener and comprehensive service to our customers.”
According to an official announcement published on the Hong Kong-based container shipowner and carrier’s website [read 15 October 2023] – the OOCL Gdynia vessel will be employed on OOCL’s Asia-Europe container liner service named LL1 with a rotation: Shanghai – Ningbo – Xiamen – Yantian – Singapore – Felixstowe – Zeebrugge – Gdansk – Wilhelmshaven – Singapore – Yantian – Shanghai.