Subic shipyard to build world’s largest vessels
HANJIN HEAVY Industries and Construction Philippines Inc., operator of the biggest shipyard in the country, secured a contract from a European company to build three of what would be the world’s largest container vessels.
According to the Korean shipbuilder, its shipyard in Subic, Zambales, will be building three 20,600 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEUs) container ships for CMA CGM, the biggest shipping company in France, and the third largest in the world.
“Signing a contract to build 20,000 TEU-level ultra large container ships with CMA CGM … confirms the world-class shipbuilding technology and capability of HHIC (Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Holdings),” the company said in a statement.
The company hopes to start delivering the container ships from the Subic shipyard by the second half of 2017.
According to HHIC, the Hanjin Subic shipyard is capable of building two 20,000-TEU container ships at the same time.
In response to the clients’ requests however, HHIC will reinforced the hull structure, such as fatigue design life, to build 26,000-TEU container ships.
The company has likewise focused on the improvement of environment-friendly performances, including the installation of the latest high-efficiency engine, propeller design and development of an energy-saving system.
According to Hanjin, the order from CMA CGM will be an ultra-large container vessel measuring 400 meters in length, 59 meters in breadth and 33 meters in depth. It will be capable of carrying 20,600 20-foot containers.
The deck alone is as large as four football fields. If the loaded containers were to be lined up end-to-end, these would span about 126 kilometers, Hanjin said.
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