Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, better known as MOL, has taken delivery of the 13,900 teu neo-overpanamax vessel MOL QUALITY this week. The ship, which MOL charters from APL, is to join the Grand Alliance’s Asia to Europe service Loop 4. The ship is the fourth unit in a series of APL-owned sister vessels, of which five ships will be chartered out to the Japanese Line. The MOL QUALITY follows the APL RAFFLES, delivered in May.
The MOL QUALITY is 368.50m long and 20-rows wide and was built in South Korea by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.
The ship was built under the project name APL ADVANCE, until it was clear that the vessel will be chartered by MOL.
APL’s and MOL’s joint 13,900 teu series was designed in cooperation with the Norwegian classification society DNV. The ships are optimized for moderate service speeds and low fuel consumption. They are the first jumbo twin-isle ships designed with a fully enclosed bridge and the vessels’ deck houses are built with flush outside bulkheads in order to keep the crew safe from pirate attacks.