Thursday, March 30, 2017

World's Largest Freight Container Vessel to Commence Maiden Voyage in April

MOL's First of Six 20,000 TEU Containerships Delivered
Shipping News Feature
JAPAN – MOL has announced that the world's largest containership, MOL Triumph was delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries on March 27, 2017. MOL's newest vessel, the first of a fleet of six 20,000 TEU-class containerships, measures 400 metres in length and 58.8 metres in width, making her currently the world's largest containership, a title we have seen change hands many times in the past year or two. With a capacity of 20,170 TEU, the vessel is the first 20,000 TEU-class containership deployed in THE Alliance's Asia to Europe trade via the FE2 service.

MOL Triumph will set off on her maiden voyage from Xingang in April 2017 and will sail to Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian and Singapore. She will then transit through the Suez Canal and continue on to Tangier, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Le Havre. She will then call at Tangier and Jebel Ali on the way back to Asia. Junichiro Ikeda, President and CEO of MOL said:

“The MOL Group is honoured to unveil this new vessel, which is the largest containership in the world. The vessel is equipped with various new sustainable technologies to provide more efficient fuel consumption and improved environmental performance.”

In line with the eco-sailing initiative of MOL, the new 20,000 TEU-class containerships are equipped with various highly advanced energy-saving technologies including low friction underwater paint, high efficiency propeller and rudder and an optimized fine hull form which together can further reduce fuel consumption and Carbon Dioxide emissions per container moved by about 25-30% when compared to 14,000 TEU-class containerships.

Additionally, the vessel has also been designed with the retrofit option to convert her motive power to LNG technology in view of the implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s new regulation to limit Sulphur Oxide emission in marine fuels which will come into effect in 2020.