Chinese carrier Wan Hai Lines, as part of its fleet improvement plan, has confirmed an order of 20 container vessels.
Shipbuilding contracts, with Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) and China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC), were signed at a ceremony in Taipei on November 12th, 2018.
According to a statement from Wan Hai Lines, the contract includes eight 3036 TEU vessels, to be built by JMU, and twelve 2038 TEU container ships, to be built by CSTC and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard.
In addition to this order, Wan Hai has the option to declare an additional four 3036 TEU vessels within 6 months, and four 2038 TEU vessels within three months.
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Delivery of the two new vessel types is expected to be complete by October 2020 and January 2021 respectively.
Wan Hai Lines currently operates a fleet of 72 owned vessels and 24 chartered vessels.
The company’s latest fleet renewal project is intended to maintain the competitiveness of Wan Hai’s service and support continuous market development.
The carrier has stated that it “hopes to deliver better service quality to its customers” by introducing a more efficient fleet of container ships.