Seaspan: LNG-powered ZIM Mount Blanc embarks on maiden voyage

Seaspan’s LNG-powered containership, ZIM Mount Blanc, has departed Samsung Heavy’s yard in Geoje, South Korea on its maiden voyage.

According to a social media post by Seaspan, the vessel left Geoje last week.

Its AIS data provided by VesselsValue shows that it was located offshore China’s Qingdao on Tuesday.

ZIM Mount Blanc is the third of ten 15,000-teu LNG-powered vessels which will go on charter to Israel’s ZIM.

Samsung Heavy hosted a naming ceremony for this vessel and its sister ship, ZIM Mount Everest, in April.

ZIM Mount Everest was on Tuesday heading towards Charleston after departing Jacksonville, Florida, its AIS data shows.

Seaspan and ZIM named the first vessel in this batch of ten ships, ZIM Sammy Ofer, in February this year.

Back in 2021, Seaspan and ZIM signed a charter deal for these vessels that will serve the latter’s Asia-US East Coast trade.

These 366 meters long vessels feature MAN ME-GI engines and GTT’s Mark III membrane technology.

GTT said the tanks 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, a part of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, is building these ships and recently launched the first vessel in this batch, ZIM Amber.

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