The liner carrier OOCL on Friday took delivery of the first two in a series of 10 13,208-TEUs ships, the largest such vessels in its history, at a ceremony at Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea.
The carrier will deploy one of the ships, OOCL Brussels
, on the G6 Alliance’s Loop 5 service between Asia and Northern Europe.
The other ship, NYK Helios
, will be chartered to NYK Line, OOCL’s partner in the Grand Alliance, and will be deployed on the G6’s Loop 4 service. The G6 is composed of the Grand Alliance members (which also include Hapag-Lloyd) and the three members of the New World Alliance (APL, MOL, and Hyundai Merchant Marine).
Loop 5 has a rotation of Gwangyang, Busan, Shanghai (Yangshan), Shekou, Yantian, Singapore, Suez Canal, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Thamesport, Suez Canal, Singapore, and Gwanyang.
Loop 4 has a rotation of Ningbo, Shanghai (Yangshan), Yantian, Singapore, Suez Canal, Le Havre, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Suez Canal, Jeddah, Singapore, Yantian, and Ningbo.
Loop 4 is home to the G6’s largest vessels, predominantly 10,000- to 13,000-TEU ships from APL, Hyundai, and Hapag-Lloyd, according to data from American Shipper
sister company BlueWater Reporting. Loop 5 is currently operated with vessels in the 8,000- to 9,000-TEU range.
OOCL originally ordered six 13,000-TEU vessels in March 2011, then increased the order to 10 vessels in May
, with five of the ships to be chartered to NYK. - Eric Johnson