South Korean operator HMM held a naming ceremony this week for its new 24,000teu-class containership HMM Algeciras at DSME Okpo shipyard in Geoje.
HMM Algeciras is the first of twelve sister ships scheduled to be sequentially delivered until September 2020. In September 2018, HMM signed a formal contract for its twenty eco-friendly mega container vessels with three shipyards – DSME, HHI(Hyundai Heavy Industries) and SHI(Samsung Heavy Industries) in an effort to take proactive actions towards market change as well as form a sustainable profit-generating structure.
DSME and SHI are contracted to build seven and five 24,000teu-class containerships respectively, while HHI is constructing eight 16,000teu-class vessels to be delivered from the second quarter of 2021.
HMM plans to enhance its environmental capabilities by operating newly-launched twenty containerships. The vessels are basically equipped with a scrubber system for IMO 2020 environmental regulation. Optimised hull design and highly-efficient engines are also expected to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
“For me, it is very meaningful that HMM takes delivery of the most technologically advanced containership in this difficult time. I would like to celebrate it and hope that HMM continues to secure a competitive advantage as a Korean national flagship carrier.”, said Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea who was one of the 160 specially invited guests at the ceremony.
“HMM will strive to expand its presence in the global shipping industry based on optimised
fleet management and new cooperation with THE Alliance.” added Bae Jae Hoon, President
& CEO of HMM. HMM Algeciras will be deployed on Far East Europe 4 (FE4) service, one of the Asia-North Europe trade lanes of THE Alliance, with its port rotation starting at Qingdao, Busan, Ningbo,
Shanghai, Yantian, Suez Canal, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Antwerp, London Gateway, then Singapore via Suez Canal.
Vessel Particulars of HMM Algeciras
- LOA : approx. 399.9m
- Beam : 61.0m
- Depth : 33.2m
- Capacity : 23,964 TEU
- Flag : Panama