China Shipping Container Lines took delivery of the first of eight new container ships whose capacities of 14,100 20-foot equivalent units are among the world’s largest.
The CSCL Star was delivered by Samsung Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries in Korea and dedicated in a maiden voyage ceremony at Shanghai. A video is available on YouTube.
The ship is operating in China Shipping’s AEX-1 service between Asia and Europe. The service’s vessel rotation is Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Felixstowe, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Hong Kong, Shanghai.
The CSCL Star has service speed of 26 knots, maximum draft of 49.5 feet, a beam of 169 feet and length overall of 1,208 feet. The ship can carry up to 10,500 containers averaging 14 tons each.
Through the first nine months of 2010, China Shipping ranked 17th in U.S. import volume and 9th in exports on the JOC Top 40 Container Lines list.
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