Hyundai Merchant Marine ordering 20 mega boxships at three domestic yards

South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is going to order 20 mega containerships at three domestic yards as part of its newbuilding plan announced in April.

HMM said today that it has selected Hyundai Heavy Industries for eight 14,000 teu container ships, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering for seven 23,000 teu ships and Samsung Heavy Industries for five 23,000 teu ships.

The larger ships will be deployed on Asia-North Europe trades while the 14,000 teu vessels will work the transpacific.

The company expects to conclude negotiations with the three shipbuilders soon and sign letters of intent within the next two weeks.

Last week, HMM announced that it will exit from the transatlantic container trades by terminating services of two loops linking North Europe and the United States.

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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