RCL moves beyond its feeder roots with acquisition of 12,000 teu boxship pair

Thailand’s Regional Container Lines (RCL) is transitioning from its feeder origins, having just snapped up its largest ships to date.

RCL has bought two 12,000 teu ships under construction for $115m each from Japanese tonnage provider Kyosei Kisen. The ships will deliver towards the end of next year and at the beginning of 2023.

RCL has had a busy year expanding its fleet, taking on six ships so far.

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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