US food company Dole has signed shipbuilding contracts with CSSC Chengxi for two 2,500 teu boxships.
The price for each ship is $42m and the contract also includes options for an additional two vessels.
Each ship is equipped with a reefer capacity of over 900 feu. Delivery of the vessels are scheduled in 2020.
The new order is believed to be part of Dole’s plan to optimise its ageing reefer fleet. The company currently operates six reefers with an average age of 27 years.