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Published: 18 April 2017
MOL TRIUMPH calls HIT
The World’s Largest Container Vessel called at Hong Kong International Terminals (HIT) during her maiden voyage.
HIT had something to celebrate last week when the 400m long and 58.8m wide 20,170TEU MOL Triumph called on 15 April. For some time now Hutchison Port Trust, the holding company that owns HIT, has been expressing confidence that HIT’s “natural deep water channels and significant mega-vessel handling capabilities position it to be the preferred port of call for mega-vessels”. MOL TRIUMPH is the first of six 20,000 TEU-class container vessels built for Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd. (MOL), and will be deployed for Asia-Europe trade via THE Alliance’s FE2 service.
The vessel was at berth for 14.5 hours, and HIT did not provide any details of the call exchange. Drone footage of the call shows five cranes deployed initially, and then six cranes over the ship at a later stage.
Celebrating the call of MOL TRIUMPH, HIT's Managing Director, Mr Gerry Yim, said, "The fact that the world’s largest container vessel called at HIT on her maiden voyage signifies Hong Kong’s prominence in the global maritime industry. At the same time, it reflects MOL’s confidence in HIT's capabilities and efficiency."
“Hong Kong has completed the dredging of its channel to 17 metres to better accommodate mega vessels. HIT is therefore well positioned to meet the emerging needs of the cargo market with its capability to serve three such mega vessels simultaneously at our facilities. This capability has been made possible thanks to the co-management scheme for the 16 berths in Terminals 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 at Kwai Tsing Container Port, which has been running since December 2016,” Mr Yim added.
“MOL would like to thank HIT and Transport and Housing Bureau on the momentous occasion of the deployment of the largest containership to the port of Hong Kong,” said Akihiko Ono, Senior Managing Executive Officer in charge of Liner Division, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. “The increased deployment of our 20,000-TEU class containerships will help MOL foster stronger ties with our customers and play a historic role in the expansion of global trade.”
“MOL TRIUMPH set sail from Tianjin Xingang on 4 April 2017 and has called at the ports of Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo before arriving in Hong Kong. Her maiden voyage will also bring her to Yantian, Singapore, and onwards through the Suez Canal to Tangier, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Le Havre. She will call at Hong Kong again when routing back to Tianjin Xingang,” HIT concluded.