South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has won a $1.2bn order from Greek ship owner Enesel to build ten 13,800teu containerships.
The vessels will have a length of 368m, a width of 51m and depth of 29.9m, with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2013 to mid-2014.
Upon delivery the vessels will be chartered by Taiwanese carrier Evergreen Marine under an initial five-year deal with Enesel.
According to the company, the new containerships will use 10% less fuel compared with existing similar class ships.
A Hyundai Heavy official said: "These orders are noteworthy, considering the current sluggish shipbuilding market."
Evergreen is adding the mega ships to its fleet as part of its drive to cut costs by using more fuel-efficient ships.
Hyundai Heavy has already delivered eight 13,800teu mega ships to Rickmers Group between 2010 and 2011.
Currently, Enesel has four 9,814teu container vessels on order at HHI to be delivered in 2014, which will be chartered to German carrier Hamburg Sud for ten years.
HHI has also received ship orders worth $6.13bn including this order and the company targets orders worth $24bn, up from the $20.1bn in orders it received in 2011.
Last year, Maersk Line had ordered ten Triple-E container ships of 18,000teu each from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for $1.85bn.
The vessels will be 400m long, 59m wide and 73m tall, with the order also including two options, each for an additional ten ships.
Image: Hyundai Heavy had delivered similar 13,100teu containership to Rickmers in July 2010. Photo: courtesy of Rickmers.