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At the end of September, OOCL commemorated the christening of the latest 21,413 TEU containership to join their fleet this year and last Friday they kindly invited one of the Tuscor Lloyds team to visit the Port of Felixstowe to help them celebrate the vessels maiden voyage.
Named the OOCL UNITED KINGDOM, the vessel is one of the carrier’s ‘G Class’ vessels which are known to be the world’s largest by carrying capacity. The OOCL fleet is planned to contain 6 vessels in total and OOCL United Kingdom is the 4th vessel after OOCL Germany / Hong Kong / Japan.
“The shipbuilding process is a complicated one. From hull form design, machinery selection, fabrication to assembly, the shipyard must be able to bring a concept on paper to become a technically sound and economically viable product for the shipowner, the shipyard, the makers and sub-contractors. Adding on the fact that many aspects of this class of vessels are in fact record-breaking, be it size or machinery capacity and output, I think SHI should be very proud that it has achieved this goal in the safest and most efficient manner.”
Mr Alan Tung
On Friday, Nathan Lang, who is a part of our Operations team had the unique opportunity to enjoy a mini-tour of Felixstowe port and to visit & board the OOCL United Kingdom. What was his impression of this brand new mega vessel? Let’s hear him out:
‘’The day consisted of a mini-tour of the port and then a visit to the vessel where we got to board and visit the captains bridge; once on board the vessel, there was a lift available up to the captains Bridge, or you could walk up the stairs; I took the stairs both up and down; it was 9 x stories & safe to say walking down was easier than walking up. On the bridge, the captain kindly gave us his time to explain different aspects of the vessel/operations and to answer questions across a range of topics that included DG cargo/Reefer Cntr’s/Breakbulk cargo – crew welfare + revealing that the vessel had its own football pitch as one of the facilities available for the crew! The port also presented the captain with maiden voyage plaques for the vessel.
It was an incredible experience and gave a unique insight into port & vessel operations. Prior to boarding I felt like an ant looking up at the vessel and the masses of stacked containers and when on board, looking out from the captain’s bridge in the windy conditions, wasn’t for the faint-hearted’’Nathan Lang