It has been nearly two years since ships began to appear in the "cherry blossom magenta" colour scheme of Ocean Network Express (ONE), but it may be some time before the novelty wears off.
ONE, the merged entity of the major Japanese container lines MOL, NYK, and K-Line took effect in October 2017 and the first new ship in the colour scheme was delivered in July 2018. It was not until April 5 of this year that the first one appeared in Halifax - ONE Magnificence - assigned to THE Alliance. As existing ships are routinely drydocked, they are being renamed and repainted in the new colour scheme and are now appearing here regularly.
Today's arrival is ONE Marvel, a first time caller, and fairly fresh out of drydock. Its renaming from MOL Marvel became official September 1. Built in 2010 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Kobe it is typical of the former MOL "M" class at 78,316 gt, 79,460 dwt with a capacity of 6724 TEU (including 500 reefers). The paint still looks relatively fresh, but there are already some souvenir tug scuff marks from the ports it has visited.