UASC takes delivery of 4th container vessel
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) took delivery of its fourth 13,500 TEU container vessel, named “Al Ula”, at Samsung Heavy Industries’ (SHI) shipyard in Geoge, South Korea.
With an overall length of 366m, and powered by a Doosan MAN B&W main engine, the AL ULA can operate at a service speed of around 25 knots. The new ship has a capacity for 800 40ft reefer containers on deck and has three holds designed for hazardous cargoes. With the new nine A13s joining UASC’s fleet, the company will now own and operate a total of 49 container ships and the A13 class vessels will be by far the biggest in this fleet.
The investment in the A13 class vessels is expected to yield important economies of scale for UASC, allowing the company to compete more effectively on a wider geographical spread, while ensuring a superior and faster service to customers with the most competitive transit times available in the market.
In advance of the arrival of the new ships, UASC has also stepped up its container purchasing programme, investing in new standard and reefer container units, while the company’s new fully integrated liner management system called TRUST has recently become operational. This system will enhance UASC’s e-commerce capabilities allowing customers to make transactions online more easily.
Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Abdulrahman Al-Ohaly, Member on UASC’s Board of Directors, said: “This Ceremony represents a special occasion for us as apart from naming the ship “AlUla” after an area in our beloved Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the event itself is also a reflection of UASC’s steadfast commitment to grow the Company and strengthen its services to enable it to compete as a leader in the container shipping industry. We wish her safe sailings with her crew”.
Abdulrahman Bin Mohammed El-Sehebani, Member on UASC’s Board of Directors, said: “UASC’s strategy towards growing its capacity and upgrading its network of services has always been customer centric, and we will continue to invest our efforts to deliver a best in class service to our valuable customers”.
Source: Emirates 247