Monday, June 20, 2011
Seaspan to book more 10,000TEU‘s
Canadian shipowner Seaspan Corp is talking to two Chinese shipyards in the hope of extending its massive containership-newbuilding programme.
Sources say another eight post-panamaxes of 10,000 teu could be on the cards if the New York-listed owner can secure long-term charters with China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL).
The development comes after it emerged Seaspan has successfully tied up a long-term charter with Hanjin Shipping for some of its newly contracted newbuildings.
Sources say it has fixed out the seven 10,000-teu vessels booked recently at Jiangsu Yangzijiang Shipbuilding to the South Korean carrier.
Following that Seaspan is said to have contacted state-owned Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) and Dalian New Shipyard with a project for a second batch of 10,000-teu vessels.
If the orders go ahead, each yard will build four vessels. At least four — those at Dalian — would be chartered out to fast-growing CSCL, which already has 19 Seaspan ships in its fleet.
Published : June 20, 2011