The price of the six 22,000 teu containerships that MSC ordered at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in late September has been revised downwards from $164m per ship to $138m, according to a statement issued this week by the yard.
SHI’s initial price of $164m included propulsion options, which look like they have been jettisoned, according to the latest weekly report from container analysts Alphaliner. MSC had originally mulled going down the LNG fuel route for its new ship orders.
The six 22,000 teu ships are all scheduled for delivery by December 2019. They add to orders for five ships of the same size with that MSC placed with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). The DSME ships do still come with LNG propelled engines.
Rival CMA CGM has ordered nine 22,000 teu ships in China, all coming with LNG-fuelled engines.