Wan Hai Lines held naming ceremonies for the second and third vessels in a series of twelve 2,038-TEU containerships on order
WAN HAI 285 will be delivered on April 30 and will join the carrier’s Japan-Vietnam-Malaysia service
The company also announced last March a confirmed order of five 13,200-TEU box ships and last January an order of 12 newbuilds in the 3,013-TEU class
Taiwan-based Wan Hai Lines held April 27 virtual naming rites for the second and third vessels in a series of twelve 2,038-TEUs containerships it has on order.
WAN HAI 285 and WAN HAI 286 are part of a series of containerships being built by China Shipbuilding Trading Co. (CSTC) and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co. (GWS) under Wan Hai’s fleet upgrading program.
The 2,038-TEU series is designed with an overall length of 175 meters, deadweight capacity of 23,802 metric tons on a 10.5-meter draft, and a maximum cruising speed of 20.66 nautical miles.
The series is designed to take energy efficiency and environmentally friendly aspects into account. Moreover, all the ships delivered are certified with “smart ship” notations by international well-known classification societies, the company said in a release.
WAN HAI 285 will be delivered on April 30 at Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard and will join the carrier’s Japan-Vietnam-Malaysia service.
In November 2018, Wan Hai confirmed an order of 20 container vessels. The contract included an order of twelve 2,038-TEU ships with GWS/CSTC and eight 3,055-TEU container vessels with Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU). These two new vessel types were to be delivered starting early January 2021 and end of October 2020, respectively.
On March 24, 2021, Wan Hai held naming ceremonies for WAN HAI 327, WAN HAI 328 and WAN HAI 329, the last three vessels in the series of 3,055-TEU containerships built by JMU.
The company continues to implement its fleet improvement plan with more orders this year. On March 25, 2021, the carrier confirmed an order of five 13,200-TEU container vessels with Hyundai Heavy Industries. Delivery of the newbuildings will start in the first quarter of 2023.
On January 27, 2021, it again contracted JMU/Nihon Shipyard Co Ltd. to construct 12 newbuild ships in the 3,013-TEU class. The new series is expected to be delivered successively from end of October 2022.
Currently, Wan Hai Lines operates a fleet of 74 owned vessels and 57 chartered vessels.
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