Containership sizes on the rise

21 Jan 2014
The steel cutting ceremony for the five new vessels took place recently

The steel cutting ceremony for the five new vessels took place recently

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) is to build five 19,000 teu containerships for China Shipping Container Lines (Hong Kong) that, when built, are expected to be the world’s largest.

The shipowner upgraded the original order of five 18,400 teu containerships so that the new vessels are capable of delivering 600 more containers.

Each measuring 400m in length and with a beam of 58.6m, the vessels will feature a 77,200 bhp electronically-controlled main engine and two EcoBallast seawater treatment systems.

HHI says the main engine will maximise fuel efficiency and reduce noise, vibrations and carbon emissions by automatically controlling fuel consumption to suit sailing speed and sea conditions.

The EcoBallast system can treat 3,000m³ of seawater per hour by filtering and sterilising bacteria and plankton with ultraviolet rays.

HHI is scheduled to deliver the first containership by November this year, while the remaining four are set to be delivered by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

The company says it has won orders for 102 out of the 372 ultra large containerships so far contracted.

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