In March, the world’s largest container ship by capacity, the MOL Triumph, entered service, then the title went to the Madrid Maersk in April, and in May, the OOCL Hong Kong took the title.
The MOL Triumph, of 192,672dwt and 20,150 teu, is owned by of Mitsui OSK Line (MOL), of Japan, and is operating in THE Alliance consortium. She arrived at Southampton on May 11 on her maiden voyage from the Far East. The MOL Triumph was built by Samsung Heavy Industries of South Korea at its Geoje yard.
ABP Southampton harbourmaster Martin Phipps, said “Our pilot joined the ship at 1015 south of the Isle of Wight and ensured she travelled safely through the central Solent and Southampton Water to the DP World terminal. Our patrol launch ensured sightseers were kept at the correct distance to allow the MOL Triumph to sail safely.”
The Madrid Maersk, of the Maersk Line, Denmark, is of 206,000dwt and 20,568 teu and she is due at Southampton shortly having started loading at Tianjin, China, on Apr 27, the first port of call on her maiden voyage. She was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Okpo, South Korea.
Then on May 12, the OOCL Hong Kong was formally named in a ceremony at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard for the Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL), of Hong Kong. She has a carrying capacity of 21,413 teu but is of 197,500dwt.