Ocean Network Express’ new ONE Minato has begun its maiden voyage and made its inaugural call at Yantian International Container Terminals.
According to ONE, the new vessel is the second in a series of seven 14,000 TEU container ships that are painted in the magenta branding of the company. ONE Minato was recently delivered at the Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. shipyard in Hiroshima and sails under the Japanese flag.
“Increased deployment of large vessels enhances our growth strategy and complements our fleet,” said Shunichiro Mizukami, region head of East Asia and managing director of ONE East Asia. “This new vessel and her sister vessels sailing on the Asia to North America trade can further strengthen our Asia network. Together with our customers and partners such as YICT, ONE is dedicated to providing optimal solutions and higher-quality services as we believe that ‘AS ONE, WE CAN!’”
At 365.94 metres in length and 51.2 metres in width, the new vessel is being deployed on THE Alliance’s EC4 service between Asia and the East Coast of North America. It has already made calls at the ports of Kaohsiung and Hong Kong, and will continue to Cai Mep, Singapore, New York via the Suez Canal, Norfolk, Savannah and Charleston, before returning to Kaohsiung via New York and Singapore.
“We are very honoured to witness the maiden voyage of ONE Minato at YICT,” said Patrick Lam, managing director of YICT. “This not only marks the long-term partnership between ONE and YICT, but also highlights the fact that YICT is the preferred mega vessel hub in South China.”