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OOCL launches last 8,888 teu newbuilding in series

OOCL launches last 8,888 teu newbuilding in series
Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) has launched the last of its eight 8,888 teu SX Class ships on order from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding.

The OOCL Ho Chi Minh City was christened by Cheung Yan. Ms Cheung and her husband, Liu Ming Chung, represent Nine Dragons Paper Group and are among some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the industry producing environmentally friendly paper.

OOCL ceo Andy Tung noted the highly competitive nature of the container line market and how having an efficient fleet is critical to being able to compete effectively.

“In today’s industry environment, many liner companies are reviewing every single bit of detail and at the most granular level in their operations to find ways to improve competitiveness.  Among which, building a strong and efficient fleet is critical in that process," he said. T

hree other SX Class deliveries have been made this year while the first four were spaced out with the first two in 2011, one the following year and the fourth in 2013. OOCL has been actively investing and keeping up with new orders to meet the latest market trends with the most recent being an order for six 20,000 ships earlier this year, bringing it into the megaboxship club.

The OOCL Ho Chi Minh City will be deployed in OOCL’s South China 2 (SC2) service, with the following port rotation: Da Chan Bay / Hong Kong / Yantian / Kaohsiung / Long Beach / Kaohsiung / Xiamen / Hong Kong / Da Chan Bay in a 42-day round trip.