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Shanghai Waigaoqiao yard first in China to build 20,000-TEUer for Cosco

SHANGHAI Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co is to build three 20,000-TEU ships for Cosco. Delivery of the vessels that are the largest ever to be ordered from a Chinese yard is due to begin in January 2018.

Shanghai Waigaoqiao yard first in China to build 20,000-TEUer for Cosco
06 December 2015 - 20:52
Shanghai Waigaoqiao yard first in China to build 20,000-TEUer for Cosco

SHANGHAI Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co is to build three 20,000-TEU ships for Cosco. Delivery of the vessels that are the largest ever to be ordered from a Chinese yard is due to begin in January 2018.

The ships will be deployed in the transatlantic trade and dual classed by DNV GL and China Classification Society. They will feature route-specific container stowage (RSCS) from DNV GL, giving more flexibility for laden containers onboard for specific routes, reports Motorship from Fareham, near Portsmouth, England.

The ships will be built 'gas ready" so that they could be retrofitted with LNG-fuelled propulsion in the future. Designed by the Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC), they will have double hull protection of fuel tanks, ballast water treatment systems and will meet the highest Energy Efficient Design Index and Emission Control Areas standards.

DNV GL Hamburg's business development chief Jan-Olaf Probst said Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding "has been on a very strong development path and has consistently been one of the top Chinese yards in terms of efficiency and innovation, so it is only fitting that they are the first yard to top the 20,000 TEU mark in China".

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