Asianshipper / OOCL charters 8 mega ships ahead of joining the Ocean Alliance
HONG Kong’s Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) chartered eight large containerships in February in readiness of joining the Ocean Alliance on April 1.
The chartered vessels include three new 11,000-TEU vessels, which have been fixed for 6-12 months at US$18,000 per day. The carrier has also taken the 10,114 TEU duo Express Rome (formerly Hanjin Italy) and Express Athens (formerly Hanjin Greece) from Danaos Shipping, for a period of 4-12 months at $13,000 per day.
In addition, it has fixed another 10,000 TEU box ship, the Seaspan Elbe, and also fixed the 8,533 TEU Lloyd Parsifal, which it has taken for 2-7 months at $8,300 a day, and the 8,189 TEU Seamax Greenwich which it chartered for 3-7 months at $8,950, reported Singapore’s Splash 24/7.
Alphaliner said OOCL had been “instrumental” in the recovery seen in charter rates in the very large containership sector.
The shipping line is also set to take a series of 21,000 TEU ships this year.