CHINA is making much of its progress in building the new generation of ultra-large containerships, reports Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.
While industry analysts are focusing on the current overcapacity in container shipping, the beginning of the wave of new containerships ordered primarily in 2021 is starting to take shape.
Recently, two new 24,000-TEUers are taking shape at the Chinese yards, which are leading in the development of the new behemoths for MSC, OOCL and Evergreen.
China State Shipbuilding Corporation is highlighting the diversification of the work by developing the expertise in additional divisions of the company.
Two of Cosco's joint venture shipyards also simultaneously floated out the first of a new class of 16,000-TEU ships for MSC which are being called the most environmentally advanced containerships yet built.
In the first days of this month, Dalian Shipbuilding and Guangzhou Shipbuilding International, each floated a new vessel in MSC's new class of 16,000-TEU boxships.
According to the reports from China, the order which was placed in March 2021 was valued at US$1.5 billion making it the largest single containership order. The contract calls for a total of 13 vessels due for delivery between 2023 and 2025.
They are powered with WinGD engines and hybrid scrubbers, but are also designed LNG-ready. They are outfitted with air lubrication and a shaft generator.
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