Japan-based Ocean Network Express (ONE) has announced the delivery of a new flagship Megamax vessel, the One Innovation.
A 24,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) class Megamax, the vessel is the first of its kind for ONE and the beginning of a group of six sister vessels to be operated by the shipping company.
ONE managing director Yu Kurimoto said: “One Innovation is the largest vessel in our fleet and we are proud to have it as our flagship.
“This newly built vessel will help us pave the way for the sustainable development of global logistics and respond to customer requests with the world’s number 1 quality of service.”
One Innovation, which will be deployed on ONE’s Asia to Europe service, has been designed to operate with lower carbon emissions through a hull designed to maximise cargo capacity and minimise fuel consumption.
The vessel, which was delivered to Kure Shipyard of Japan Marine United Corporation in Hiroshima, also features a bow windshield and an exhaust gas cleaning system to meet IMO emissions regulations, its exact capacity goes up to 24,136 TEU.
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The sustainability of the vessel is especially pertinent to ONE’s internal goals after the launch of a Green Vision strategy, which outlined a path towards reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, in line with the shipping industry’s overall aims.
The Green Vision strategy also aims for a 70% reduction of Scope 1 GHG emissions per TEU km by 2030, when compared to 2008 levels, to act as a “global leader in the realisation of environmentally sustainable shipping”.
One Innovation’s other features include 24 rows for shipping containers, anti-fouling paint and energy-saving devices on the engines.
It will be operating on ONE’s Far East to Europe 3 route, including major ports in Singapore, Hamburg, Hong Kong and Rotterdam.
The arrival of One Innovation comes soon after the news that the company has ordered ten methanol and ammonia-powered container ships with a capacity of over 13,700 TEUs.
ONE has also been experimenting with biofuel, successfully completing a trial with B24 fuel on board the Mol Endowment as part of a Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation pilot.