Hanjin Heavy Industries (HHI) has received a US$67.9 million order to build two container ships for an unnamed European owner, with a contract that was signed on May 29 for delivery in November 2016, according to World Maritime News.
PTI previously reported that India could unite with HHI due to the shipbuilder’s potential to propel growth for the country with new ship builds.
A number of shipping lines have palced their orders for more, and sometimes larger, container ships, with Maersk ordering ten 20,000 TEU ships.
Container line OOCL placed a record breaking order recently for six 21,000 TEU vessels that would see it significantly boost its fleet of ships.
In light of the record increase in container ship orders so far in 2015, particularly as the Panama Canal nears completion, a number of US ports have scrambled to increase their infrastructure, with some spending billions of dollars.
As ship sizes continue to grow, there has been some uproar as to how ports and terminals will be able to handle these ships, with solutions such as vessel stowage planning and collaboration being some of the proposed solutions.