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OOCL Hong Kong Achieves Guinness World Record

From Maritime Executive:

The OOCL Hong Kong has officially been recorded as the world’s biggest container ship at 21,413 TEU by Guinness World Records. The vessel was the first container ship in the world to exceed the 21,000 TEU mark.

This is a second record for OOCL, with OOCL Shenzhen claiming the title for largest […]


OOCL breaks largest containership record with 21,413-TEU vessel

The OOCL Hong Kong, with a length of 1,312 feet and a width of 193 feet, will serve the Asia-Europe trade lane as part of the LL1 service.

Hong Kong-based ocean carrier line OOCL has knocked Maersk from the largest containership top spot after christening the 21,413 TEU OOCL Hong Kong at the Samsung […]


MOL plans four 20,000 TEU LNG mega-ships

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), the largest and oldest of Japan’s international ocean carrier companies, has got the green light for four LNG-powered 20,000 TEU container-ships that have been under construction with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).

DNVGL, a registrar and classification society headquartered in Germany, has approved plans for the series of container-ships.

Global regulations on […]


Giant strike planned at Korea’s eight top shipyards

Strikes at Korean yards are becoming more common as anger grows at senior management and the government This photo was taken in September 2015 when workers struck at Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea.

From Vesselfinder:

Workers at eight of South Korea’s largest shipyards will go on strike on July 20 as a […]


OOCL of Hong Kong makes history with order for six 21,000-teu container ships

Samsung Heavy Industries set a new record for the world’s largest container ship order this week with the signing of a deal to build six 21,100-teu container ships from OOCL.

The order of six ultra-large container ships from the Hong Kong-based shipping giant was finalised on April 1 and is valued at about US $950-million.



Samsung Heavy: OOCL Mega ships will be a record-breaking 21,100 TEU

From gCaptain:

Some new details released by Samsung Heavy Industries about OOCL’s recent order for ultra-large container ships reveals that the mega ships will be a record-breaking 21,100 TEU.

At 21,100 TEU capacity, the vessel’s are the largest ever ordered to date and the first to break the 21,000 TEU mark as the world’s largest […]


Hanjin Heavy expected to win container ship deal

France’s CMA CGM SA is in talks to build at least three container megaships, joining the race among the top container operators that already use such vessels to increase their market share on the world’s busiest trade routes, people with knowledge of the matter said Tuesday.

The ships would be able to carry around 20,000 […]


Hyundai Heavy slumps as workers go on strike

Unionized workers of Hyundai Heavy Industries endorsed a strike over wage and benefits, threatening to halt production at the world’s largest shipbuilder for the first time in 20 years. Shares of Hyundai Heavy slumped 3.4% in recent trading. The KOSPI Index was down 0.1%. Its competitor Samsung Heavy Industries (010140.KS) fell 2.7%.

Korean shipbuilders are […]


Damaged OOCL Brussels in troubled waters

Two Hong Kong ship management companies contacted by the South China Morning Post said the tail shaft was custom-made for each vessel so it was difficult to estimate the cost of repairs. But they said repairs could cost up to at least US$2.25 million, which should be covered by Samsung’s insurers.

A massive containership that […]