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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 is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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