Mediterranean Shipping (MSC) has, according to multiple reports, confirmed a deal for 11 22,000-TEU vessels — the largest vessel order in the company’s 47-year history and one of the biggest ever in the containership industry.
Lloyd’s List, a maritime intelligence service, reported that “a shipyard source” revealed South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries as a contract winner for six of the 11 ultra-large 22,000 TEU newbuilds, with MSC confirming the deal.
Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), one of the other major shipyards in South Korea, may also be part of the second biggest container shipping company’s efforts to expand as it filed documentation that confirmed a US$ 818 million deal to build five container vessels.
The shipbuilder did not reveal the name of the buyer, but industry sources have reported to Yonhap that it is MSC.
However, DSME did disclose that it aims to deliver the vessels by March 15, 2020.
The news comes soon after CMA CGM confirmed its order for nine 22,000 TEU vessels after sharing impressive first half results for 2017.