State-run newspaper China Daily has confirmed that Chinese yards have muscled out South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries for a very significant, record-breaking order from French containerline CMA CGM.
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding has confirmed that it and its sister yard Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding have received letters of intent from CMA CGM for a series of nine giant 22,000 teu ships.
Both yards are owned by state-run China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).
The ships – which will be the world’s largest container vessels when they start delivering two years from now – will have dual fuel engines.
Currently the OOCL Hong Kong and sister ship OOCL Germany are the world’s biggest boxships, clocking in at 21,413 teu in capacity.