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HMM names first in series of 13,000 teu containerships

Photo: HMM Naming ceremony of HMM Garnet
HMM has named the first in a series of twelve 13,000 teu containership newbuildings.

The HMM Garnet was named at HD Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, which is building six of the series of new vessels. The other six ships are being built by Hanwha Ocean.

The vessels will be LNG-ready and fitted with a smart ship solution to transmit operational data to HMM’s fleet control centre giving real time visibility of operations.

“We expect our new ships to give us strong environmental credentials and to provide us with the capacity and flexibility in the face of growing competition in the global market”, said Kim, Kyung Bae, President and CEO of HMM.

From next month the HMM Garnet will be deployed on THE Alliance’s EC1 service connecting the ports of Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Yantian, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, Yantian, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, and Singapore.

The future of THE Alliance was thrown into doubt last week when Hapag-Lloyd announced it would be joining a new grouping Gemini Cooperation with Maersk from February 2025.

The 12 new vessels will push HMM’s total capacity to over 1 million teu.