Mitsubishi’s Nagasaki shipyard has delivered the 8,540 teu container vessel MOL COMMITMENT to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL). The ship is the 11th unit in a series of 12 sister vessels ordered by MOL and by various Japanese non-operating owners who charter the ships to liner operators under long-term contracts.
The final ship of the series will also come on stream for MOL and is scheduled for delivery later this year.
With the exception of four units on long-term charters to APL, all vessels of this Mitsubishi-built type trade for MOL, and the Japanese carrier employs both owned and chartered ships of the series side by side.
The MOL COMMITMENT will begin her active service life in a few days on the G6 alliance’s Suez Canal-routed ‘CEC’ Far East to ECNA service. This service is part of the carrier group’s recently-revised ‘Transpacifc’ offer.
Two very similar ships of equal capacity, the MOL CONTINUITY and MOL COSMOS, are often regarded as part of the same series of ships, even though this is, strictly speaking, incorrect. This Koyo Dockyard-built pair is actually an individual Imabari design and not related to the Mitsubishi-designed ships. This explains why some sources may differ from linervision’s count of 12 sister ships and may speak of MOL COMMITMENT as the 13th ship in a series of 14.