World’s Largest Boxship Readies to Join THE Alliance

Image Courtesy: SHI

The world’s largest containership MOL Triumph, freshly delivered to Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) earlier this week, is gearing up for its debut in THE Alliance’s Asia-Europe trade in April.

The giant boxship was delivered from South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) on March 27.

On the occasion of the ship’s delivery, Junichiro Ikeda, President and CEO of MOL, commented: “The MOL Group is honored to unveil this new vessel, which is the largest containership in the world. The vessel is equipped with various new sustainable technologies to provide more efficient fuel consumption and improved environmental performance.”

To be deployed in THE Alliance’s FE2 service, MOL Triumph will start its maiden voyage from Xingang and sail to Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian and Singapore. The ship will then transit through the Suez Canal and visit Tangier, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Le Havre, before calling at Tangier and Jebel Ali on the way back to Asia.

The 20,150 TEU MOL Triumph, which is 400 meters long and 58.8 meters wide, was named at SHI shipyard in Geoje on March 15.

The newbuilding is the first of four 20,150 TEU containerships ordered by MOL in February 2015. The four ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) were ordered as part of a deal for construction of six 20,000 TEU containerships.

The second ship from the batch is expected to be delivered to MOL in May. The remaining boxships will also be deployed on the Asia-North Europe route.

THE Alliance, which comprises Hapag-Lloyd, K Line, MOL, Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) and Yang Ming, plans to deploy more than 240 ships in 32 services connecting over 75 major ports throughout Asia, North Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.

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