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Chinese yards win record-breaking 22,000 teu ship orders from CMA CGM

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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