Del Monte Fresh Produce will replace its entire US east coast fleet of vessels through a new shipbuilding program.
An agreement for six new container ships will see one of the world's largest suppliers of fresh and prepared produce service replenish its ocean transportation lanes between Central/South American and US ports.
Del Monte has estimated that its first ship delivery will come in late 2019.
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Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute will design the vessels, which each have a 634 forty-foot High Cube container capacity, with construction taking place at the CSSC Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Company shipyard.
They are 192 meters in length with a breadth of 30 meters and design draft of 9.3 meters.
Dennis Christou, Vice President Marketing of Del Monte, said: “Del Monte was one of the first large scale banana producers to receive the SCS Carbon Neutral Certification for our banana operations in Costa Rica.
“These new ships are an extension of our sustainability commitment on the high seas.
“The six state of the art container vessels will not only increase our tonnage capacity and speed to market but will also significantly reduce air pollution and energy consumption.
The new energy efficient Del Monte vessels are also designed to meet the most stringent IMO (International Maritime Organization) Emission control Regulations coming into effect in 2020.”