RCL unveils new 7,080-TEU vessel

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RCL unveils new 7,080-TEU vessel
The naming ceremony for the 7,080-TEU Guru Bhum was attended by Sumate Tanthuwanit, chairman of the executive committee of RCL; Sirichai Manoch, vice president of the Mining Industry Council; Dr. Phortchana Manoch, Lady Sponsor; Apirag Vanich, president of Univanich Palm Oil PCL; and Wu Lin, senior executive vice president of Bank of China (Thailand). Photo from RCL.
  • Regional Container Lines recently unveiled its new 7,080-TEU vessel Guru Bhum in a naming ceremony in Shanghai
  • Constructed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, RCL’s newest vessel has provisions for 800 reefer TEUs, meets nitrogen oxide Tier III emissions standards in Emission Control Areas, and is sulfur oxide regulations compliant
  • Incorporated in the ship design is S-BOW technology for enhanced operational efficiency and equipped to handle dangerous goods
  • The vessel has been chartered to Pacific International Lines for three years and will operate under the name “Kota Tema”

Regional Container Lines (RCL) recently unveiled its new 7,080-TEU vessel Guru Bhum in a naming ceremony in Shanghai.

Constructed by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Company Limited, the vessel has provisions for 800 reefer TEUs, meets nitrogen oxide Tier III emissions standards in Emission Control Areas, and is sulfur oxide-regulations compliant.

RCL said the ship represents a milestone in its commitment to providing efficient and reliable shipping solutions.

Its design incorporates S-BOW technology for enhanced operational efficiency and is fully equipped to safely handle dangerous goods. The vessel’s eco-friendly features include the capability to supply electrical power for reefers at 5kW per FEU.

According to the Thai global shipping company, the ship has a cruising speed of 21 knots and adheres to the latest Energy Efficiency Design Index standards, which sets a new benchmark for energy efficiency. Additional sustainable technologies include Variable Frequency Drive for seawater pumps, LED lighting, and a twisted rudder.

The vessel has been chartered to Pacific International Lines for approximately three years and will operate under the name “Kota Tema.”

It is set to begin its inaugural journey connecting key ports including Xingang, Qingdao, Pusan New Port, Shanghai, Ningbo, Nansha, Singapore, Tema, Lome, Apapa, Onne, Lome (2nd call), Port Kelang West Port, Singapore, and Xingang, with additional ad-hoc calls to ports such as Abidjan, Cotonou, and Cape Town.

Dr. Twinchok Tanthuwanit, president of RCL, in a statement, said, “The introduction of this state-of-the-art vessel marks a significant milestone for RCL as we continue to strengthen our presence in the global shipping industry. This vessel accentuates our commitment to delivering efficient and sustainable solutions to our customers.”

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