Ceremonial ship naming is traditionally done by a woman during the process of transferring a vessel to the water. Do you think that is why we refer to a vessel as “she”? It is a naval tradition in many cultures, dating back thousands of years. It has been observed as a public celebration and a solemn blessing. Ship launching involves many superstitions intended to invite good luck, such as christening by breaking a sacrificial bottle of champagne over the bow as the ship is named aloud and sometimes launched.
We have recently taken delivery of new vessels in Japan, China and Korea where sponsors have named the vessels in delightful ceremonies hosted at the shipyards. Oldendorff has an extensive newbuilding program of about 50 vessels. Our naming ceremonies usually involve; corsages, photos, speeches, flowers, balloons, drums, fireworks, a ribbon cutting and smashing champagne, it is a very memorable occasion. We are grateful to our charming sponsors for their support.