Zodiac Maritime orders six 15,000 teu ships at DSME

Eyal Ofer-led Zodiac Maritime is widely tipped as the European owner behind a series of boxship orders at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.

Liner intelligence sources tell Splash Zodiac is the company to have ordered six 15,000 teu ships at the Korean yard. DSME issued a release on Friday, saying it had bagged a boxship order without identifying the buyer.

Clarksons also lists Zodiac as the buyer in its latest weekly report. The ships, which are conventionally fuelled, are costing $108.3m each with five of them delivering in 2022 and one in January 2023.

A spokesperson for Zodiac declined to confirm the newbuild contract when contacted by Splash.

In Zodiac’s giant, diverse fleet there are 48 containerships totalling 337,819 slots trading today, according to Zodiac’s website.

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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