South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has secured a $700m order from China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) to build five 18,400teu containerships.
The new vessels are set to become the world’s largest containerships, breaking the previous record of another South Korean firm, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine, which won an order in 2011 to build 20 18,000teu container ships for Denmark’s A.P. Moeller-Maersk.
The containerships will be equipped with an electronically-controlled main engine and a pair of EcoBallast seawater treatment systems.
The main engines will be capable of automatically adjusting fuel consumption in line with sailing speed and sea conditions to improve fuel efficiency, reduce noise and vibrations, and cut emissions.
The EcoBallast system can treat 3,000m³ of seawater per hour by filtering and sterilising bacteria and plankton bigger than 50µm with ultraviolet rays.
Each vessel will have a length of 400m, width of 58.6m, depth of 30.5m and are expected to be delivered from the second half of 2014.
HHI has set an annual new orders target of $29.7bn for 2013, an increase of 52.3% compared to 2012; the recent contract brings the total value of orders secured to date to $9.7bn.