Ship-Order Smashes Records


In a record-breaking move, Samsung Heavy Industries has agreed to enter into a contract with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines for the construction of four 20,150 TEU ultra large container carriers.

These four ships will cost an estimated US$619.6 million to construct, according to gCaptain.

A long-term charter has been announced, which includes details of a Memorandum of Understanding, for two additional 20,150 TEU capacity containerships with Shoei Kisen Kaisha at Imabari headquarters, Japan.

Imabari Shipbuilding Co. will take responsibility for building these ships at its construction yard.

As well as having LNG fuel compatibility, these ships will have a 14.5-metre draft and 16-metre load draft.

All six ships will be the largest ever to be ordered and delivered, with the previous record set by Imabari Shipyard for eleven 20,000 TEU mega-ships.

Mega-ships are proving to be something of an issue, with US West Coast ports struggling to keep up with the additional capacity.

(Source: World Maritime News)

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