MSC orders six 16,000 teu ships at Dalian

Clarkson Research Services has confirmed that Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) is behind a series of LNG-powered boxship orders in northern China.

Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co (DSIC) had revealed last week it had signed contracts for six 16,000 teu dual fuel ships. The state-run yard did not reveal the identity of the owner at the time.

Clarksons has listed MSC as the liner involved in what are set to be a radical new design for container shipping. The ships, which will deliver in 2024 and 2025, are set to be ammonia ready upon delivery as well as being LNG capable.

MSC’s orderbook is now above 1.1m teu, leading it to stretch away in its new position as the world’s largest liner.

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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