DNV GL has signed a new-building classification agreement with Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Company (SWS) for the classification of three 20,000 TEU ships for COSCO Container Lines Company (COSCON).
Scheduled for delivery in January, 2018, the vessels will be dual classed by DNV GL and China Classification Society (CCS) and will be deployed in the Far East-Europe trade.
Jan-Olaf Probst, Head of Business Development in Hamburg, said: “This contract is another milestone in China’s evolution into one of the world’s leading shipbuilding nations. SWS has been on a very strong development path and has consistently been one of the top Chinese yards in terms of efficiency and innovation, so it is only fitting that they are the first yard to top the 20,000 TEU mark in China.”
Designed by the Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC), this class of ultra-large containership represents the first 20,000 TEU container ship contracted to be built in China.
The containerships will have DNV GL’s route specific container stowage (RSCS) notation and was developed by DNV GL to provide an even more efficient usage of cargo capacity by giving more flexibility for laden containers on board on specific routes.
The vessels will be constructed to the highest environmental requirements, meeting the highest energy efficiency design index standard and emission control area requirements.
PTI previously reported that CMA CGM has been able to reduce its emissions by around 50%, which is an accomplishment well-timed for COP21, a major environmental conference which is due to take place in Paris.
Fact File: SWS was founded in 1999 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of China CSSC Holding. The shipyard covers an area of five million square meters with waterfronts of four kilometers in total. Its shipbuilding capacity has topped the list among domestic shipbuilding enterprises for 10 consecutive years since 2005.
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