Delphis commits to more Qingdao boxships

Delphis, the container arm of the Saverys family-controlled CMB, has returned to Qingdao Yangfan Shipyard, taking out options for four more ice-classed 5,890 teu containerships.

The vessels are scheduled for delivery before 2025. Last November, Delphis signed for two firm plus four options of this rare MARIC-designed ship type.

Alphaliner reckoned Delphis has placed these orders speculatively, confident to fix them to a carrier well ahead of delivery.

Alphaliner also reported this week that CMA CGM is lining up a total of up to 20 orders for 6,500 teu ships at two Chinese yards, adding some backbone to what is a very sparse global orderbook for mid-sized container tonnage at present.

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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