Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), one of the largest shipbuilding firms in the world, has won a contract Evergreen to build six of the world’s largest smart, eco-friendly mega-ships in the world.
In its announcement, SHI said the deal was worth approximately US$920 million and that they will be able to carry almost 24,000 TEU.
“The demand for ultra-large containerships is expected to continue as global ship owners have reduced cost through an economy of scale,” SHI said.
“Based upon advanced technologies including smart ships and reduced energy consumption as well as new designs for hull forms, Samsung Heavy will keep leading the ultra-large box ships market.
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They will exceed the biggest vessels currently in operation – the 23,756 TEU ships delivered by SHI to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) in July 2018.
As well as their size, these vessels will be fitted SVESSEL, a next-generation smart ship system independently developed by Samsung Heavy.
Furthermore, they will also have Energy Saving Devices (ESDs), such as SAVER Fin and Rudder bulb and new hull forms, which will cut fuel consumption by up to 7%.
SAVER Fin controls water flow around the hulls that improves fuel efficiency and cuts ship vibrations. It has currently fitted on more than 200 vessels.
In September 2019, Port Technology reported how CMA CGM had unveiled plans to launch the first LNG-powered mega-ship in the world.