South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has named the first of five of the world’s largest containerships CSCL Globe, which is currently under construction for China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL).
In May 2013, HHI received a $700m order for five 19,000TEU containerships from Hong Kong-based CSCL and the present vessel is expected to be delivered later this month.
After delivery, the 40m-long and 58.6m-wide vessel will be deployed on the Asia-Europe trade loop.
The new-build vessel features a 77,200bhp electronically controlled main engine, which aims to improve fuel efficiency through automatic control of fuel consumption according to the ship’s speed and sea conditions.
This engine will offer 20% less fuel consumption compared to the 10,000TEU containerships, the company stated. It will also minimise noise, vibrations and carbon emissions.
Equipped with EcoBallast system, the ship will be able to treat 3,000m³ of seawater an hour by filtering and sterilising bacteria and plankton larger than 50µm with ultraviolet rays.
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HHI constructed the first 10,000TEU containerships in 2010 and the company has completed construction of 82 vessels to date.
A HHI official was quoted by The Korea Bizwire as saying: "Recently, the shipbuilding industry is trying to build ultra-large containerships over 20,000TEU as a way to save fuel cost and transport cost.
"Based on our containership building know-how and experience, we will try to win as many orders in this area."
Image: CSCL Globe during its sea trial. Photo: courtesy of Hyundai Heavy Industries.