COSCO Unveils Newest 20,000 TEU Container Ship


Image courtesy of COSCO Shipping Lines

COSCO Shipping Lines received its latest 20,000 TEU containership on April 10, 2018, built and delivered by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co. (DSIC).

COSCO Shipping’s Chief Financial Officer Ms Sun Yueyin christened the vessel, at a ceremony attended by various industry officials; including the President of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporate, Mr Sun Bo, Party Secretary of COSCO Shipping Lines, Mr Quan Weizhong, and Chairman and Party Secretary of DSIC, Mr Liu Zheng.

The ship, named COSCO SHIPPING GEMINI, has an overall length of 400m — the length of four football fields – and is 58.6m wide at the widest point.

Read the most recent paper on mega ships, “Mapping the Globe: The Patterns of Mega-Ships”, for a breakdown of the recent industry trends in regards to super-sized ships

It features a maximum deadweight of 202,000 tonnes and a maximum load of 20,119 TEU — with 1,000 reefer plugs for refrigerated cargo.

CMA CGM state the new ship will grant enhanced flexibility in container loading, along with improved payloads of refrigerated and dangerous cargo — including heavy and high cube containers.

Read more: COSCO’s OOCL Takeover Set for June

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