HHI to build world’s largest containerships

07 May 2013
The new HHI boxships will look similar to the 13,000 builds, only bigger

The new HHI boxships will look similar to the 13,000 builds, only bigger

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has been awarded a US$700m contract for five 18,400 teu containerships from China Shipping Container Lines Co Ltd (CSCL).

HHI says that the containerships will be the world’s largest and will feature electronically controlled main engines and two EcoBallast seawater treatment systems.

The main engine will maximise efficiency, reduce noise, vibrations and carbon emissions by automatically reducing fuel consumption according to speed and sailing conditions.

Meanwhile, the EcoBallast systems will be able to treat 3,000 cubic metres of seawater per hour by filtering and sterilising bacteria and plankton with ultraviolet rays.

Kim Moon-ju, HHI, said to The Motorship: "The capacity of the containerships, which can carry 18,400 20 foot containers, makes the boxships the world’s largest of their kind."

The vessels will measure 400m in length, 58.6m in width and 30.5m in depth – they’re scheduled to be handed over to their new owners starting from the second half of 2014.

This takes the HHI order book up to 10 ultra large containerships this year when added to the five 14,000 teu vessels ordered by Seaspan back in January.

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