OOCL deploys 'largest' containership in trans-Pacific

OOCL deploys 'largest' containership in trans-Pacific

Orient Overseas Container Line recently named the OOCL Ningbo -- calling it the world's largest containership - at its namesake port in China.

The vessel, built by Samsung Heavy Industries, has a declared capacity of 8,063 TEUs, is 1,056 feet long, and is 140 feet wide, enough for 17 containers.

OOCL said in a media release that the new-generation SX-class vessel includes environmentally-friendly features such as a specially designed hull which allows it consume less fuel while maintaining a cruising speed of 25 knots. The vessel is also designed to burn cleaner, low sulphur fuel.

The port of Ningbo moved 2.76 million TEUs in 2003, up 48.6 percent the previous year, and is China's fifth-largest port. It has been a regular call for OOCL on its trans-Pacific, Asia-Europe and intra-Asia services.

The vessel will be deployed in the Grand Alliance fleet serving customers in the trans-Pacific Super Shuttle Express.