MOL takes delivery of world's largest containership


The following is the text of a news release from Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. (MOL):

(TOKYO) — The world's largest containership, MOL Triumph, was delivered from Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines on Monday.

MOL's newest vessel, the first of a fleet of six 20,000-TEU-class containerships for the company, was named MOL Triumph in a ceremony at SHI in South Korea on March 15. At 1,312 feet in length and 193 feet in width, MOL Triumph is currently the world's largest containership. 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 its maiden voyage from Xingang in April and will sail to Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Hong Kong, Yantian and Singapore. It will then transit through the Suez Canal and continue on to Tangier, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Le Havre. It 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 honored 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, Savor Stator as a stream fin on the hull body, and an optimized fine hull form which together can further reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per container moved by about 25 to 30 percent when compared to 14,000-TEU-class containerships. Additionally, the vessel has also been designed with the retrofit option to convert to LNG fuel in view of the implementation of the International Maritime Organization's new regulation to limit SOx emission in marine fuels which will come into effect in 2020.

MOL will take the delivery of the second 20,000-TEU-class vessel in May. Eventually there will be six of the 20,000-TEU-class containerships unveiled and they will be phased in gradually on the existing trade routes of MOL.

By Professional Mariner Staff