Singapore-based Hanjin Heavy Industries confirmed newbuild orders Monday for three ultra-large container ships from CMA CGM.
Plans for the 20,600 TEU ships were first revealed by CMA CGM last month, but the details of the order had not yet been finalized.
Hanjin says the ships will be built at the group’s Subic Shipyard in the Philippines. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2017 and the vessel’s will be deployed on its main Asia-North Europe route. They will measure 400 meters long by 59 meters wide.
The order makes Hanjin Heavy Industries one of three shipbuilders building containerships above the 20,000 TEU mark. The others are South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries, which is building a total of ten ships for Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and OOCL, and Japan’s Imabari Shipyard, which is building two additional ship’s for MOL. Imabari says it has also received orders for 11 additional vessels above 20,000 TEU from an unidentified European shipowner.
So to recap the 20,000 TEU players as of today…
- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (6 ships) – Confirmed orders for four containerships of 20,150 TEU from Samsung Heavy Industries, plus long-term charter agreements for two additional ships of 20,150 TEU being built by Imabari Shipyard (Japan). Delivery expected for second half 2017.
- OOCL (6 ships) – Confirmed orders for six containerships of 21,100 TEU from Samsung Heavy Industries for delivery by November 2017.
- CMA CGM (3 ships) – Confirmed orders for three containerships of 20,600 TEU from Hanjin Heavy Industries for delivery in second half 2017.
- Mystery Owner (11 ships) – Imabari Shipbuilding said earlier this year that it has received orders from an unidentified European owner for 11 containerships of 20,000+ TEU with delivery to begin in 2018. The owner is rumored to be Evergreen Group and the order has not yet been finalized.