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OOCL Welcomes its First 24,188 TEU Container Vessel “OOCL Spain”

[ March 1, 2023   //   ]

Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd. (OOCL) introduced the first 24,188 TEU mega vessel to its fleet. The new vessel was officially named “OOCL Spain” at a ceremony held on February 16 in Nantong, China.
The ship can carry up to 24,188 TEUs and has a total length of 399.99 meters and a width of 61.3 meters. This scale makes her not only the first of OOCL’s vessels to exceed the 24,000 TEU threshold, but also places her among the very largest container ships in the world (as measured by carrying capacity).
The vessel has been awarded three “Smart Ship” notations by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). This is recognition that OOCL’s use of the latest intelligent technology onboard, together with big data acquisition, will optimize the operations of the OOCL Spain, enabling fuel efficiency improvements, gains in structural health monitoring, and long-term navigational safety.
OOCL Spain is the first of a series of six 24,188 TEU vessels ordered by OOCL in 2020 to be delivered. At the ceremony, LIANG Yanfeng, President of COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry said: “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the shipowner, OOCL, one of the world’s largest container transportation and logistics services providers, for its trust and support to COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industry!”
Kenny YE, Chief Operating Officer of Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd., said that the new vessel OOCL Spain is of great significance to OOCL: “OOCL Spain is not only the first newbuilding that has been delivered to us in over five years, but it is also OOCL’s first vessel with a capacity over 24,000 TEU. More importantly, she is the first newbuilding received by OOCL since the company joined the COSCO SHIPPING Group, and so it is the first vessel jointly created by OOCL and other sister companies.”