Hong Kong-based OOCL announced that its boxship giant ‘OOCL Hong Kong’ made its maiden call to the Port of Hong Kong on 25 July. The vessel is one of the world’s largest container ships with a carrying capacity of 21,413 TEU.
The vessel’s debut to the city of Hong Kong…has a very special meaning for OOCL. Since the company’s establishment in 1969, OOCL has been deeply rooted in Asia’s World City, connecting local businesses from all sectors to markets around the world,
Celebrating this event, many business partners gathered at a reception onboard the OOCL Hong Kong.
This is truly a milestone event for us at OOCL because the last time we welcomed a vessel with the same name in Hong Kong was back in 1995 which coincided with our company’s 25th anniversary. It was a brand-new ship, with a capacity of 4,960 TEU, and warmly welcomed by a large crowd right here at the Hong Kong port in Kwai Chung. 25 years later, we are here once again, welcoming the OOCL Hong Kong to the port on our 50th anniversary. This maiden call has special meaning to not only the people at OOCL, but to many citizens living here who may see the vessel as the pride of Hong Kong,
…said Mr. Andy Tung, Co-CEO of OOCL, who hosted the event.
The OOCL Hong Kong and its sister vessels in the company’s G-Class fleet, will continue to make regular calls to Hong Kong on ourAsia-North Europe Loop 1 (LL1) service and the port rotation is: Shanghai / Ningbo / Xiamen / Yantian / Singapore / via Suez Canal / Felixstowe / Zeebrugge / Gdansk / Wilhelmshaven / Piraeus / via Suez Canal / Port Kelang / Hong Kong / Shanghai in a 77-day round trip.
The 21,413 TEU ‘OOCL Hong Kong’ was the first container ship to exceed 21,000 TEUs and has been for months the world’s largest container ship along with its five sister ships, until the launch of MSC Mina and MSC Gülsün by Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company earlier this year.
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