South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries has launched the first out of ten 15,000-teu LNG-powered containerships it is building for owner Seaspan, a unit of Atlas Corp, and charterer ZIM.
The shipbuilder floated out the LNG-powered ZIM Sammy Ofer at its Geoje yard on October 15, according to a social media post by Seaspan.
Seaspan expects to take delivery of this vessel in the first quarter of 2023.
Last year, Seaspan and Israel’s ZIM signed a charter deal for ten 15,000-teu vessels that will serve the latter’s Asia-US East Coast trade.
These 366 meters long vessels will feature MAN ME-GI engines and GTT’s Mark III membrane technology.
GTT said the tanks would have a capacity 12,000 cbm.
Besides these ten vessels, Seaspan and ZIM also signed charter deals for 15 7,000-teu LNG-powered container vessels.
China’s Jiangsu New Yangzi is building these ships.