Shanghai: Bureau Veritas is to class three ultra-large container ships (ULCSs) to be built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and chartered to French operator CMA CGM. The ships are due for delivery in 2015.
The 16,000 teu vessels will be the largest container ships built in China to date. One will be built at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS), and the other two at Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry, part of which came under the management of SWS this year.
The design was developed by the Marine Design and Research Institute of China (MARIC) in co-operation with BV, which performed the drawing approval and conducted a thorough structural examination.
The vessels will have an overall length of 399 m, a beam of 54 m, and a draft of 16 m.
Steel cutting for the new vessels is due to begin next year. [11/10/13]