Samsung Heavy launches Seaspan’s LNG-powered containership

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.

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