September 9, 2007
China delivers 8,530 TEU containership
Xinhua reports that the first 8,530-TEU containership to which China owns full intellectual property rights has been delivered to China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd. (Shanghai) and left for its maiden voyage to the United States on Sunday.
China now joins Korea, Japan and Denmark on the short list of nations able to design and build the new generation of mega containerships.
Named "New Asia," the 335 m x 42.8 m vessel is the first of five ships of the same type on order at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co. Ltd., Shanghai, for China Shipping Container Lines. A further four are on order for Costamare Shipping Co. of Greece.