OOCL, a Hong Kong based ocean carrier line has entered the Guinness Book of World Records after christening its 21,413 TEU OOCL Hong Kong at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard. The vessel is the first container ship in the world to exceed the 21,000 TEU mark.
By doing so, it has displaced the 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk that previously held the record. In this year only, the record has been broken 3 times.
OOCL held the record back in April 2003, for the 8,063 TEU, OOCL Shenzhen, which was at that time the largest container ship.
On September 1, OOCL named the third in its line of six 21,413 TEU class container ships OOCL Japan at Samsung Heavy Industries. Like OOCL Hong Kong, OOCL Japan will serve the Asia-Europe trade lane on the LL1 service and her port rotation will be: Shanghai / Ningbo / Xiamen / Yantian / Singapore / via Suez Canal / Felixstowe / Rotterdam / Gdansk / Wilhelmshaven / Felixstowe / via Suez Canal / Singapore / Yantian / Shanghai in a 77-day round trip.
Mr. Andy Tung, Chief Executive Officer of OOCL, thanked all those who contributed to the success of the OOCL Japan, particularly the shipyard for all their support in their contribution to OOCL’s fleet of 21,413 TEU vessels. “Samsung Heavy Industries is one of leading shipbuilders in the world, and we have always valued their level of commitment to quality and the versatility to tackle on new challenges, just as we are doing now to build these incredible 21 thousand TEU class vessels, the largest containerships in the world to date,” said Mr. Tung.
He continued, “Once again, we are very delighted to be setting yet another record with our long-time business partner because earlier this week, we have been confirmed by the Guinness World Records that the OOCL Hong Kong has officially been recorded as the world’s biggest containership by carry capacity at 21,413 TEU.”
Commenting on the timing of the deployment of the 21,413 TEU vessels this year, Mr Tung said, “The economic growth fundamentals continue to show further improvement so far this year, and under the new industry landscape, we are seeing signs of a stronger rebound after witnessing significant volume growth, increased liftings, and more sustainable rate levels that are positively impacting revenues in the first half of 2017. We are pleased to be rolling out these new vessels under the current environment, and look forward to solid demand growth on a much stronger trajectory.”
It is a good time for the OOCL Group as they announced a profit of USD 53.6 million for the six-month period ended June 30 this year, compared with a loss of USD 56.7 million for the same period in 2016.