SEOUL, January 20, 2014 (AFP) – South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries said Monday it had started construction on a Chinese order for the world’s largest container ships. China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) awarded the contract for the five vessels — each with a capacity of 18,400 TEU (20-foot equivalent unit) container boxes — to Hyundai in May.
The size broke the previous record of the 18,000 TEU container ships another South Korean firm, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine, had built for Denmark’s A.P. Moeller-Maersk.
Since the order was made, Hyundai said the vessels for CSCL had been further upgraded to a 19,000 TEU-capacity at the Chinese company’s request.
Hyundai said in a statement that the first ship would be delivered in November.
Each ship will boast a 400 metre (yard) long deck, while standing 30.5 metres high and 58.6 metres wide.