May 16 - Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has named its latest containership OOCL Hong Kong at a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard on Geoje Island, South Korea.

According to OOCL, the 399.9 m long vessel, with a capacity of 21,413 teu is one of the largest containerships in terms of carrying capabilities.

In his ceremonial remarks, C. C. Tung, chairman of Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL), said: "While our industry seems to have the knack to 'out do' one another in building larger containerships relatively quickly these days, this project is nonetheless an important moment for us.

"Faced with increasing competition and unending pressure on costs, we need to take the bold step in operating larger size ships of quality and high efficiency in order to stay relevant and compete effectively as a major container shipping company."

In March, HLPFI readers will recall, Mitsui OSK Lines' (MOL) vessel the MOL Triumph was hailed as the largest container vessel, with a carrying capacity of 20,170 teu.

The OOCL Hong Kong will be serving the Asia-Europe trade lane.