The ‘HMM Algeciras’, the world’s largest containership Photo: HMM
HMM has held a naming ceremony for the world’s largest containership at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s Okpo shipyard in Korea.
The 24,000teu-class containership HMM Algeciras is the first of twelve to be delivered from now until September this year.
“For me, it is very meaningful that HMM takes delivery of the most technologically advanced containership in this difficult time,” said Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, who was present at the naming ceremony. “I would like to celebrate it and hope that HMM continues to secure a competitive advantage as a Korean national flagship carrier,” he added.
In September 2018, HMM signed a formal contract for its twenty eco-friendly mega container vessels with three shipyards – DSME, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) – in an effort to respond to a changing market and create a profitable structure.
DSME and SHI will build seven and five 24,000teu-class containerships respectively for delivery by this September whilst HHI will construct eight 16,000teu-class containerships to be delivered from the second quarter of 2021.
HMM plans to enhance its environmental capabilities by operating 20 newly-launched containerships. The vessels are equipped with a scrubber system in preparation for IMO 2020 environmental regulation and their optimised hull design and efficient engines are also expected to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
The HMM Algeciras will fly under the Panamanian flag and will be deployed on the Far East Europe 4 service, one of the Asia-North Europe trade lanes of THE Alliance.