The joint venture between COSCO Shipping and Kawasaki Shipbuilding, Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co. (DACKS), has launched a new 24,000 TEU boxship constructed for Hong Kong-based shipowner Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL).

On January 9, the launch ceremony for the new ultra-large vessel took place. The containership has an overall length of 399.99 meters, a molded width of 61.3 meters, a molded depth of 33.2 meters, and a nominal container capacity of almost 24,000 TEU.

OOCL’s new eco-friendly 24,000 TEU giant hits the water
Photo: COSCO SHIPPING Heavy Industries

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has classified the unit. Once operational, it will serve the Asia-Europe corridor.According to the firm, this is the first 24,000 TEU containership built and launched by DACKS.

The ship’s design contains an energy-saving bulbous bow, propeller front shroud, and other energy-saving technologies. In addition, DACKS emphasized installing “the world’s largest capacity high-efficiency permanent magnet shaft generator system” to reduce energy consumption and boost operational efficiency.

Additionally, China has independently built the first intelligent safety management system for the whole life cycle of the hull structure in order to predict structural problems in advance. With the adoption of new technologies, the business aims to achieve improved environmental performance, with the ship meeting EEDI Phase 3 regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in advance.

NACKS, another joint venture between COSCO Shipping and Kawasaki Shipbuilding, built another 24,000 TEU boxship for OOCL in November last year.

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