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24,000 TEU vessel calls at Hong Kong setting new record

24,000 TEU vessel calls at Hong Kong setting new record

THE Hong Kong Seaport Alliance (HKSPA) played host to one of the largest container vessels in the world, the OOCL Spain with a capacity of 24,188 TEU, on her maiden voyage.

The vessel berthed at HKSPA member Modern Terminals’ facilities marking a new record for the Port of Hong Kong as the first container vessel with the highest capacity of over 24,000 TEU calling the city.

Under Secretary for Transport and Logistics Liu Chun San joined the management teams of Modern Terminals and OOCL to go on board the vessel to greet the ship master and his team.

Mr Liu said: “We are very pleased to know that the OOCL Spain, one of the largest container vessels with the most advanced eco-friendly and intelligent technologies, has called the Port of Hong Kong on her maiden voyage. Her calling reinforces Hong Kong’s position as a green, smart international maritime centre, and we would like to extend our heartfelt welcome.”

Group managing director of Modern Terminals Limited, Horace Lo, said: “It is a proud moment for all of us in the maritime industry as we welcome the OOCL Spain at our facilities. The maiden call of the vessel at Hong Kong highlights the operating capabilities of the port to handle the world’s largest container vessels while reaffirming the city’s position as an international maritime hub.”

Chief operating officer of Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd, Kenny Ye, said: “OOCL Spain is the first new vessel we have had delivered to us in five years, and the first vessel we have built since joining the Cosco Shipping Group.

“Her design includes several technological and structural breakthroughs, in terms of size and capacity, and in terms of eco-friendly features. Our investment in the construction of a state-of-the-art vessel like the OOCL Spain not only attests to our faith in the growth, importance, and resilience of world trade, but is also a strong sign of our very clear commitment to sustainability.”

The vessel has been awarded three “Smart Ship” notations by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) in recognition of its use of intelligent technology to optimize operations, helping to improve fuel efficiency, structural health monitoring, and long-term navigational safety.

Ivor Chow, managing director of Hongkong International Terminals said: “HKSPA is well positioned to meet the ever-changing needs of shipping lines as they deploy more and more mega vessels in their networks. Our state-of-the-art facilities and experienced teams are ready to efficiently handle this new generation of container vessels, while providing unparalleled service to our customers. This further solidifies Hong Kong’s position as a key player in the global maritime industry.”

With the softening of demand in ocean freight however, industry pundits are quite curious how such large vessels will carry sufficient cargo to make them commercially viable and if not will these result in more blank sailings or other such measures.

The vessel is deployed on OOCL’s Asia-Europe service LL3 with a port rotation of Shanghai, Xiamen, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, Piraeus, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge, Valencia, Piraeus, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Shanghai.

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