On 11 September, in central Stockholm, the Swedish shipping company Thun Tankers held a naming ceremony for the green product tanker ‘Thun Venern’, its latest environmentally-friendly tanker capable of running on LNG. The new tanker will enter into the Gothia Tanker Alliance.
Copenhagen-based DFDS named its newest ro/ro vessel in Turkey. The latter is Mediterranean’s largest ro/ro ship. The naming ceremony for 237-meter-long ro/ro newbuilding, Ephesus Seaways, was held in Istanbul, Turkey.
The world’s largest short sea Ro-Ro vessel, owned by Luxembourg-based CLdN, was christened in a ceremony at Dublin Port, on 20 April. With a capacity of 8,000 lane-meters, and a length of 235 metres, ‘MV Celine’ represents the next generation of super ferries servicing the Irish Port.
Albwardy Damen, a joint venture between Albwardy Investment, Dubai and the Damen Shipyards Group, hosted a naming ceremony for the world’s biggest Rotortug, the ART 100-46 RT Raven in Sharjah, on 18 January.
The completed hull of the new Irish Ferries cruise ferry ‘W. B. Yeats’ was launched into the water on 19 January 2018, at the shipyard of Flensburger Schiffbau–Gesellschaft in Flensburg, Germany where the vessel is being built.
Stena Bulk conducted a digital naming ceremony for its IMOIIMAX tanker ‘Stena Immortal’ at the company’s new office in Hellerup in the north of Copenhagen. When the ship was named, it was not physically present in Copenhagen, but in Houston where it is already in service.
Hong-Kong based OOCL’s sixth and last container ship in the 21,413 TEU series was christened at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on Geoje, on 17 January. The ship, named ‘OOCL Indonesia’, will begin her maiden voyage this month and join her other five sister vessels on OOCL’s Asia-North Europe Loop 1 trade lane.
Hong-Kong based OOCL christened its latest 21,413 TEU containership, OOCL United Kingdom, on 27 September, at Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard, South Korea. The vessel is the fourth in the line of six ordered from SHI.
Orient Overseas Container Line named the third of six 21,000 TEU class container ships, as “OOCL Japan”, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard. The company also informed that OOCL Japan’s sister vessel, OOCL Hong Kong, has officially been recorded as the world’s biggest container ship in the Guinness World Records.
Stena Bulk held a naming ceremony for its two new IMOIIMAX tankers at the Chinese shipyard GSI in Guangzhou, in southeast China, on August 22. The Stena Imperator and her sister Stena Imprimis are no 11 and 12, in a series of 13 identical IMOIIMAX tankers all ordered by Stena Bulk.
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