World’s largest containership, has headed out to sea on its maiden voyage

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HMM held a naming ceremony for a 24,000 TEU-class containership ‘HMM Algeciras’,
the world’s largest containership, at the DSME (Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering)’s
Okpo shipyard in Geoje, Korea.

The ship left Geoje, Korea following its naming ceremony on April 23 setting sail for China. It departed from the port of Qingdao on Sunday and is heading for the Port of Busan, according to the latest data from Marine Traffic.

The ship is deployed on the Far East Europe 4 (FE4) service, one of the Asia-North Europe trade lanes of THE Alliance.

HMM’s official membership in THE Alliance was launched in April, following the expiry of its commitment to the 2M Alliance.

However, the start of the cooperation comes at a very difficult time for the sector as liners continue to blank sailings amid massive drop in demand due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The blanking of sailings has been adopted as the best way of adapting to the new reality and trying to keep freight rates healthy.

The ship’s port rotation starts at Qingdao, moving on to Busan, Ningbo, Shanghai, Yantian, Suez Canal, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, London Gateway, and then Singapore via Suez Canal.

With the capacity of 23,964 HMM Algeciras has claimed the title of the largest containership from MSC Gulsun which has a 23,756 TEU capacity.

The colossal ship is 399.9 meters long and has a beam of 61 meters. It is longer in length than the Eiffel Tower (300 meters) or the Empire State Building (381 meters) are in height, or in sports terminology, longer than three and a half football fields.

HMM plans to enhance its environmental capabilities by operating newly-launched twenty
containerships. The vessels are basically equipped with a scrubber system in preparation
for IMO 2020 environmental regulation. Optimised hull design and highly-efficient engine
are also expected to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

The HMM Algeciras is the first of twelve 24,000 TEU class containerships set to be delivered to HMM by September.

Vessel Particulars of HMM Algeciras
LOA : approx. 399.9m
Beam : 61.0m
Depth : 33.2m
Capacity : 23,964 TEU
Flag : Panama

Source HMM World Maritime News

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