China’s first 20,000 teu ship set to launch

China’s first 20,000 teu ship set to launch

The first Chinese-built 20,000 teu ship will launch tomorrow with Splash obtaining exclusive images of the giant ship while on a press tour in Shanghai organised by Wärtsilä.

The giant Cosco ship will launch from Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding on Friday becoming both the largest boxship ever built in China as well as the largest boxship owned by any Chinese line. The ship, 400 m long and 60 m wide, sports the new blue livery of the merged Cosco Shipping.

Cosco Shipping has the largest orderbook of any containerline, according to Alphaliner, with 32 ships equating to 533,612 teu still set to deliver.

Up until this month, all 20,000 teu-plus ships had been constructed in South Korea. On June 9, however, Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding joined the fray, with the launch of a 20,150 teu boxship for owner Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL).

Jason Jiang

Jason worked for a number of logistics firms following his English degree, then switched this hands-on experience to writing and has since become one the most prolific writers on the diverse China logistics industry writing for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week. Jason’s access to the biggest shippers with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives.

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