MSC and ONE linked to 23,000 teu newbuilds

The year is closing out with some huge containership orders with multiple broking reports linking Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) with series of 23,000 teu newbuilds. 

Shoei Kisen has ordered six 23,000 teu ships at the Marugame yard of sister firm Imabari Shipbuilding for time charter to ONE, according to Piraeus-based Anchor Shipbroking. No price or delivery date has been revealed for this order. 

Meanwhile, a number of brokers report MSC is in for six similar sized ships, shared three ways in China between Hudong Zhonghua, Jiangnan and Yangzijiang. The MSC ships are dual-fuelled and deliver in 2023.

The price is believed to be $147.5m each. The orders will take MSC to less than 16,000 teu in terms of difference between it and top placed liner, Maersk, in the Alphaliner rankings. Maersk has been the world’s largest containerline for the last 25 years. 

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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