Maersk order seven ice-class containerships in China
Global containership giant Maersk Line has gone to a shipyard in China for the construction of seven new 3,600 TEU capacity, ice-class, short-sea containerships.The vessels will be built by COSCO Shipyard Zhoushan, the first time that the Danish owner has ordered containerships from a COSCO yard, and the first newbuilding order for containerships at this yard.
All seven vessels will be operated by Maersk subsidiary Seago Lines on short-sea routes in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.The containerships will measure 200m x 35.2 x 10m draught and will be powered by diesel enngines operating on Marine Gas Oil (MGO), thereby meeting the new Emission Control Area (ECA) regulations. Being built to ice-class they will be able the vessels to operate in winter sea ice in the Baltic/North Sea.
Delivery of the seven containershipswill take place over the period April-November 2017 and the contract also includes options on an undisclosed number of further ships.
The seven new short-sea containerships are part of Maersk’s US $15bn investment in new tonnage, with further newbuilding orders expected shortly.