MSC orders ten LNG-powered containerships in China

Switzerland-based shipping giant MSC has placed an order for ten more LNG dual-fuel containerships at China’s Zhoushan Changhong International Shipyard.

Zhoushan Changhong said in a statement it recently signed the shipbuilding deal with MSC for 10 10,300-teu vessels.

The shipbuilder will deliver the ships during the second half of 2026 and 2027.

Zhoushan Changhong did not reveal the price tag of the deal.

MSC will pay about $120 million per vessel for the ten 11,500-teu LNG dual-fuel containerships it ordered at the same yard earlier this year.

Such as the previous vessels, CIMC ORIC, a unit of China International Marine Containers (CIMC), will design these new containerships.

CIMC is a shareholder in Zhoushan Changhong via its leasing unit.

Moreover, Zhoushan Changhong said that these 299.95 meters long and 45.6 meters wide ships with a design speed of 20 knots will be equipped with MAN’s dual-fuel main engine.

It said that the ships will be ammonia-ready and methanol-ready as well.

The shipbuilder said that the vessels will feature the largest type C LNG fuel storage tank in its class, allowing them to complete a single round trip on China-Europe or China-US routes.

MSC has about 760 vessels in its fleet and is adding a large number of LNG-powered vessels in order to slash emissions and to comply with new IMO rules.

The shipping firm took delivery of its first LNG-powered containership, MSC Washington, from China’s Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in Jiangsu in March last year, followed by the delivery of the second vessel, MSC Virginia, in July the same year.

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