OOCL has christened the 21,413 TEU OOCL United Kingdom.
The ship was constructed by Samsung Heavy Industries and is the fourth of six ordered by the shipping line.
“Following our ‘M Class’ of 13,208 TEU vessels also built here at SHI, we are delighted to be adding these state-of-the-art titans at sea ‘G Class’ container ships into our fleet,” said Alan Tung, chief financial officer, at the naming ceremony. “In commemoration of this milestone at OOCL, we are very pleased to be able to once again invite Mrs. Tamiko Onaka as our sponsor to officiate the naming of our latest vessel. Thank you, Mrs. Onaka, for joining us and doing us the honour.”
OOCL United Kingdom will join her sister ships on the Asia-Europe trade lane, operating the LL1 service and calling at Felixestowe as the first European port of call on her maiden voyage.
The other ships in the G Class so far are OOCL Hong Kong, OOCL Germany and OOCL Japan.