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OOCL welcomes its first 24,188 TEU container vessel
Dr.G.R.Balakrishnan Feb 17 2023 Shipping News

OOCL welcomes its first 24,188 TEU container vessel

The new vessel was officially named OOCL Spain at a ceremony held on Thursday 16 Feb at the No. 2 outfitting quay of Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co. (NACKS) in Nantong, China.

Capable of carrying up to 24,188 twenty-foot container boxes, and having a total length of 399.99 metres and a width of 61.3 metres, the OOCL Spain was built by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co.

This scale makes her not only the first of OOCL’s vessels to exceed the 24,000 TEU threshold, but also places her among the very largest container ships in the world (as measured by carrying capacity).

The vessel has been awarded three “Smart Ship” notations by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

This is recognition that OOCL’s use of the latest intelligent technology onboard, together with big data acquisition, will optimise the operations of OOCL Spain, enabling fuel efficiency improvements, gains in structural health monitoring, and long-term navigational safety.  

Mr Kenny YE, Chief Operating Officer of Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd, said that the new vessel OOCL Spain is of great significance to OOCL: “OOCL Spain is not only the first newbuilding that has been delivered to us in over five years, but it is also OOCL’s first vessel with a capacity over 24,000 TEU. More importantly, she is the first newbuilding received by OOCL since the company joined the COSCO SHIPPING Group, and so it is the first vessel jointly created by OOCL and other sister companies. I would like to thank NACKS, who, using their own R&D and technological capabilities, have designed this mega vessel, equipped with the most advanced eco-friendly and intelligent technologies.