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MOL confirms 20,000 teu sextet

Tokyo: The rapid escalation in boxship size has seen the 20,000 teu barrier broken officially for the first time. Japan’s Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has finally confirmed long held market rumours of orders at Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries for four 20,100 teu boxships costing a total of Won681bn ($619.57m).

With dimensions of 400 m in length, 58.8 m in width and 32.8 m in height, the giant ships are slated for delivery by August, 2017.

MOL also signed long term charters for two 20,000 teu containerships with Shoei Kisen Kaisha to be built at Imabari Shipbuilding in Japan.

All six ships will go on the Asia-Europe trades.

The main engines of the six ships will be LNG ready.

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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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