The naming ceremony was held at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard and was attended by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other dignitaries.
The 24,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU)-ship is the first of the 12 vessels that will be delivered to the company by September.
In September 2018, the company ordered 20 new eco-friendly and highly efficient mega containerships, as part of a contract with DSME, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).
The DSME and SHI were contracted to construct seven and five 24,000-TEU containerships, while HHI will build eight 16,000-TEU containerships.
HHI will deliver the vessels from the second quarter of next year.
HMM plans to increase its environmental capabilities with the launch of the containerships. The ships feature a scrubber system to adhere to the IMO 2020 environmental regulation.
Additionally, the optimised hull design and a highly efficient engine will also boost energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
Moon Jae-in said: “For me, it is very meaningful that HMM takes delivery of the most technologically advanced containership in this difficult time. I would like to celebrate it and hope that HMM continues to secure competitive advantage as a Korean national flagship carrier.”
The containership will operate on the Far East Europe 4 (FE4) service, which is one of the Alliance’s Asia-North Europe trade lanes.
Last month, HMM deployed underwater robots to help clean the hull of its vessels to reduce environmental hazards.