ZIM has launched its second and third 15,000 TEU LNG-powered vessels, adding to a series of 10 vessels joining its fleet.
The naming ceremony of the two vessels, ZIM MOUNT EVEREST and ZIM MOUNT BLANC, was held at SHI Shipyard in Korea on 19 April.
The ships were commissioned under a long-term chartering agreement between the Israeli company and Seaspan Corporation.
During the ceremony, Alice Tham, ZIM Singapore Country Manager, and Rachel Yang, ZIM Head of Sales, South China & Hong Kong, officially unveiled the vessels’ names together.
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The neo-Panamax vessels are 366 metres long with a 51-metre beam.
Their prominent features include a twin-islands design and a vertical bow, and a tailor-made hull form design optimised for operation profile.
The vessels also have a propulsion system with a max service speed of 22.5 knots, a dual-fuel main engine with output of 46,000 kilowatts at 80 revolutions per minute, and an Energy Efficiency Design Index to meet the tightened emission standards in the future.
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Both vessels will join ZIM SAMMY OFER as the first LNG vessels in the world to call the US East Coast.
This launching comes a month after ZIM and Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd. (Shell) announced the successful bunkering of a container vessel with liquefied natural gas (LNG).