Monday, July 13, 2015

New Maersk Container Vessels to be Classified by US Group

Triple-E Ships Being Delivered by 2018
Shipping News Feature

US – DENMARK – Maritime shipping and offshore classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has been selected to class Maersk Line's recent order of 11 second-generation Triple-E container ships, due for delivery between April 2017 and May 2018. The carrier, which is the largest container freight line in the world, ordered the fleet of 19,630 TEU vessels from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea last month in a deal worth approximately $1.8 billion.

ABS was previously chosen to class 20 of the Triple-E containerships that Maersk ordered from the same shipyard four years ago and, while the new additions will be slightly larger, energy efficiency, economy of scale and the environment are still central considerations. ABS Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tony Nassif, said:

“ABS is pleased that the Maersk Group has expressed its continued confidence by classing these innovative ships with us. ABS offices worldwide, working in unison, are providing support and analysis for Maersk in the latest standards and international codes, including the energy efficiency standards measured and mandated by the IMO.”

Much like the first generation of Triple-E containerships Maersk says this second order will allow the line to further increase operational efficiencies over and above those of other vessels involved in the Asia to Europe trade while maintaining its market share in line with container trade volumes.