Samsung Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries has delivered the 13,208 teu vessel OOCL CHONGQING, the fifth in a series of ten neo-overpanamax ships ordered in March 2011 by OOCL.
While six of the ships will come on stream for OOCL, four of them are to be chartered out to Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kaisha. Since OOCL and NYK are partners in the Grand Alliance and G6 Alliance, the vessels will nevertheless trade alongside each other in the joint G6 Asia to Europe network.
The OOCL CHONGQING has been assigned to the G6 loop 4 and will enter service in the next few days. She follows the NYK HERCULES, one of the NYK-operated units, which was delivered in April and which trades in the G6 loop 7. The new OOCL vessel is named after the southwest Chinese city of Chongqing. a metropolis of over seven million inhabitants located at the confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers.
With the delivery of the OOCL CHONGQING, half of the neo-panamax series has now entered service and the remaining five ships are scheduled to be delivered until April 2014.