Maersk Line has signed a $1.1bn contract with Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) for the supply of nine 4,000teu container vessels.
The new contract also includes an option for up to eight additional vessels.
Maersk Line COO Søren Toft said: "The vessels will be designed to operate in and perform efficiently across many trades and not just designed for one specific trade.
"They will help us stay competitive and make our fleet more flexible and efficient."
The 353m-long vessels are expected to be delivered in 2017 and will sail under Singaporean flag.
HHI has delivered more than 50 container vessels to Maersk Line since 2002. It includes 22 WAFMAX vessels (4,500teu).
Toft added: "The quality of the vessels has always been up to high standards and we look forward to receiving this new batch."
The latest development is part of Maersk Line’s $15bn investment programme, which was announced in September 2014, in new-buildings, retrofitting, containers and other equipment.
In June, Maersk awarded Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) a contract worth $1.8bn for delivery of 11 second-generation Triple-E container vessels.
The contract also includes the option for six similar vessels at 400m-long and 58.6m-wide, with a draft of 16.5m.
Each with a 19,630teu capacity, the vessels will be the largest in Maersk Line’s fleet and are expected to be deployed in the Asia-Europe service route, replacing smaller, less-efficient vessels.
The company also signed a contract with China’s COSCO Shipyard in March to build seven 3,600teu container vessels.
Image: Maersk Line COO Søren Toft and HHI COO Sam H Ka during the signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Maersk Line AS.