Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Japanese Container Alliance Sees First Newly Painted Freight Vessel Delivered

Bright Start with Original Corporate Livery on 14,000 TEU Ship
Shipping News Feature
JAPAN – Ocean Network Express (ONE) has taken delivery of its first magenta coloured newly built containership, the 14,026 TEU ONE Stork. Chartered by ONE member Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), the vessel is the first newly constructed containership whose hull has been painted in ONE’s corporate colour and is the 10th of 15 advanced 14,000 TEU containerships that NYK has ordered. The new vessel will transport freight containers along a route connecting Asia to the east coast of North America through the Suez Canal.

At the naming ceremony held at the Kure shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) on June 11, the three Japanese container shipping lines which comprise the ONE network, NYK, MOL, and K Line, officially christened the vessel ONE Stork, named for the ancient European folklore in which homes where storks settled were considered to be enriched with happiness, prosperity, and protection.

All ships in this series have been adorned with the names of birds, and like its sister ships, ONE Stork’s main engine is equipped with a dual rating system that allows the vessel to realise optimum fuel consumption. Optimisation of fuel consumption when slow-steaming makes it possible to meet the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) requirements. Moreover, the owners say the ship’s hull design allows for improved cargo-loading efficiency.

The 364 metre long new ship will be phased into the THE Alliance’s Asia to North America (East Coast) EC4 service with its port rotation Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, Cai Mep, Singapore, New York, Norfolk, Savannah, Charleston, New York, and Singapore. Jeremy Nixon, Chief Executive Officer of ONE, said:

“ONE is excited to take delivery of first new-building containership with our new corporate colour, magenta. The magenta colour shows our intentional drive to do things differently and explore newness in this market.

“There is no doubt that she will be one of our most important core fleet. We are committed to continue the company’s efforts to provide higher quality and more competitive services for our customers.”