Representatives from Lubmarine including Robert Joore, General Manager and Andrew Knox, Asia-Pacific General Manager joined Pacific International Lines (PIL) for the launch of their new build vessel – the 11 800 TEU container KOTA PERKASA in Shanghai.
Incorporated in Singapore in 1967, PIL is one of the largest shipowners in Asia and the largest in Singapore, as well as an important partner of Total Lubmarine.
The ceremony was attended by ministers from the Singaporean government, along with other prestigious partners and PIL representatives. Together with the Lubmarine Singapore team, Robert Joore and Andrew Knox celebrating the vessels’ naming – its new identity meaning ‘The Mighty City’ in Malay, an apt representation of the ship’s size and prowess.
The vessel is among the fleet of 12 11 800 TEU ships ordered by PIL – built by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd. (“YZJ Group”) at its Suzhou shipyard. The vessels have been designed with safety and crew’s comfort in mind – with an improved field of vision from the bridge and crew living quarters configured away from the engine room, reducing engine noise to the crew quarters.
The vessels are each fitted with 1,400 reefer plugs that can accommodate up to a maximum of 2,800 TEU of refrigerated containers onboard. They also feature an energy efficient design with an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) well below the required reference level.
Speaking of the ceremony, Robert Joore said:
“This naming ceremony was a great chance for us to reassert our commitment to our partners at Pacific International Lines. It was also an opportunity to show our dedication to the wider region; reminding our local customers that we are always there to support them with a Singapore-based technical team. With a proximity to shipyards and regional companies, as well as a strong head office in Hong Kong, we remain dedicated to helping our customers overcome their challenges brought on by a changing market.”