Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is set to join the elite club of megaship owners in a few months. It will introduce the largest container vessels of the world in April. These mega-ships will be deployed on the company’s Asia-Europe services.
The ships are undergoing final touches at the Korean shipyards Samsung Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). The consecutive delivery of the new containerships coincides with the company’s entry into a new containership alliance – THE Alliance; comprising Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express, and Yang Ming.
The BusinessKorea reported, HMM will put into operation a total of 12 24,000-TEU super large vessels, one per week, staring this April, the Busan New Port Terminal said on Jan 12. The shipping company owns a 50-percent stake in the terminal. The rest of the alliance fleet handle containers at PNC Terminal (Wharf 2) of Busan New Port.