China Orders Containerships from Tsuneishi

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Photo of 1020TEU type container carrier (a Kambara Kisen vessel) – via Tsuneishi

Tsuneishi Group (ZHOUSHAN) Shipbuilding has received newbuild orders this week for four 1,020 TEU containerships from the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Shanghai International Port (Group) Co. (SIPG), a major state-owned company in China.

SIPG is active in port operations such as cargo handling and logistics at the Shanghai Port, and this is the first time that Tsuneishi Shipbuilding and TZS have received orders for new ship construction from a Chinese state-owned company.

Two of the ships are scheduled for completion in 2016, while the other two in 2017.

Vessel particulars:

Type 1020TEU type container carrier
Length × Breadth × Depth Abt. 143 meters × 22.60 meters × 11.30 meters
Deadweight Abt. 12,000 mt (metric tons)
Gross tonnage Less than 10,000 tons
Main engine MAN B&W diesel engine 6S50ME-B8.3
Service speed 18 knots
Shipyard Tsuneishi Group (ZHOUSHAN) Shipbuilding Inc
Other features
  • Equipped with “MT-FAST” multiple-wing structure that attaches to the front part of the propeller. This improves propulsion efficiency by smoothing out water flow. Co-developed in 2008 with MTI (Monohakobi Technology Institute), a Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Group company.
  • Applied with “SEAWORTHY” system for reducing wave resistance in the bow, which allows the sea margin (for increased wave resistance) to be reduced by as much as 5%. This was jointly developed with Hiroshima University.
  • Achieved stability performance with 650TEU 14 mt container capacity.
  • Improved environmental protection specifications with double layered fuel tank, air sealed pipes at the stern, and ballast water treatment equipment.
  • Enables loading of various cargo, including dangerous materials and freezing containers.

These four newly ordered vessels will be operated by Shanghai Haihua Shipping Co., Ltd. (HASCO), a member of the SIPG Group.

HASCO is a China state-owned shipping company that handles regular container transport on shipping routes between China and Japan and between China and Southeast Asia.