Spotted: Boxship Leviathan Arrives at HIT
In today’s spotted we bring you an image of MOL Triumph, the world’s second largest containership, calling at Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) on April 15 during its maiden voyage.
The 20,150 TEU boxship, owned by Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), was completed by Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in South Korea in March 2017.
MOL Triumph set sail from Tianjin Xingang on April 4 and called at the ports of Dalian, Qingdao, Shanghai and Ningbo before arriving in Hong Kong.
The ship’s maiden voyage will also bring it to Yantian, Singapore, and onwards through the Suez Canal to Tangier, Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Le Havre. The containership will call at Hong Kong again when routing back to Tianjin Xingang.
“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,” Gerry Yim, HIT’s Managing Director, commented.
MOL Triumph, with a length of 400 meters and a breadth of 58.8 meters, is the first of four 20,150 TEU containerships ordered by MOL in February 2015 from SHI. It is deployed in THE Alliance’s Asia to Europe trade via the FE2 service – connecting China to North Europe.
The ship’s title of being the world’s largest boxship has been taken over by Maersk Line’s Madrid Maersk. The 20,568 TEU ship was delivered to the company last week. The ship is yet to be commissioned into service.