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Maersk order seven ice-class containerships in China

April 12, 2015 at 16:23 by Mike Hood in Ship Building and Technology

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.

Maersk order seven ice-class containerships in China

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