OOCL’s new ship goes into China/Mideast
Liner carrier OOCL has taken delivery of a new 8,888-TEU vessel from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in Shanghai.
The OOCL Canada is the second in a series of eight such vessels from Hudong-Zhonghua. The vessel will be deployed in the carrier's MAX service, which it jointly operates with COSCO Container Lines (which calls the service MEX).
The service has a rotation of Ningbo, Hong Kong, Shekou, Singapore, Jebel Ali, Dammam, Port Klang, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
According to American Shipper affiliate ComPair Data, the service operates with six vessels, three each from OOCL and COSCO, with an average capacity of 7,082 TEUs, though the lines appear to be migrating bigger vessels into the service. OOCL operates two other vessels of larger than 8,000 TEUs, while COSCO has deployed one of its 10,000-TEU ships on the loop.
Emirates Shipping Line takes slots on the service.