Maersk returns to DSME for up to eleven 20,000 teu ships

Copenhagen: Maersk Line has come in for a series of 20,000 teu ships to be built in Korea worth more than $1bn.

Broking sources told Splash that the new order is for seven firm 20,000 teu vessels with options for a further four ships. Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) beat out Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries for the contract. DSME is where Maersk opted for in 2011, to build its series of 18,000 teu vessels.

A spokesperson for Maersk declined to confirm the deal, merely telling Splash: “What I can say is what we have said earlier this year, that we will order ships.”

The ships, which will deliver in 2017 and 2018, are priced at $155m each.

Hans Thaulow

Hans Henrik Thaulow is an Oslo-based journalist who has been covering the shipping industry for the last 15 years. As well as some work for the Informa Group, Hans was the China correspondent for TradeWinds. He also contributes to Maritime CEO magazine. Hans’ shipping background extends to working as a shipbroker trainee with Simpson, Spence & Young in Hong Kong.
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