HMM, South Korea’s leading container line, celebrated a momentous occasion with the delivery and naming ceremony of its first 13,000 TEU containership, HMM Garnet, at the HD Hyundai Heavy Industries headquarters in Ulsan. The ship is the first of twelve HMM ordered in June 2021 as part of an agreement between Hanwha Ocean and HD Hyundai Heavy Industries.
The 335-meter-long HMM Garnet was built to emphasise environmental sustainability and can function effectively at low speeds without compromising durability. The ship is equipped with cutting-edge energy-saving technologies, which help to lower pollution emissions and improve fuel economy. Additionally, it is LNG-ready, which makes it simple to switch to using LNG fuel in the future to reduce carbon emissions even further.
The vessel is scheduled to start operating on February 3, 2024, as part of THE Alliance’s product strategy. It will serve on the East Coast 1 (EC1) route. The route passes through ports in New York, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Xiamen, Yantian, Shanghai, Ningbo, Busan, and Kaohsiung.
These ships are unique because they have smart ship solutions installed, allowing real-time operational data transmission to HMM’s Fleet Control Center. This guarantees a thorough understanding of the ships’ functional status and highlights HMM’s dedication to technical advancement.
HMM President and CEO Kim Kyung Bae emphasised the strategic significance of these new acquisitions, stating that they expect their new ships to give environmentally solid credentials and provide the capacity and flexibility in the face of growing competition in the global market.
HMM’s overall fleet capacity is expected to reach an astonishing 1 million TEUs after delivering the twelve 13,000 TEU ships later this year. Notably, 80% of HMM’s total fleet will consist of large containerships with over 10,000 TEU capacity, improving the company’s cost structure and operating effectiveness.
A symbolic touch highlighting HMM’s dedication to treating clients’ cargo as valuable as jewellery is naming the vessels after birthstones for January through December. These developments support the Korean economy and the global shipping industry by securing HMM’s position as the only carrier in the world, with more than 80% of its fleet made up of container ships with a capacity of 10,000 TEU or more.
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