German shipowner Claus Peter Offen has ordered a total of 10 container ships, each with capacity of 4,100 TEUs, for use by P&O Nedlloyd.
The ships will be built by Samsung in Korea and chartered to P&O Nedlloyd. The contract is worth more than $500 million.The new ships will begin entering service in early 2002. At least seven of the ten ships will be used in a restructured Europe-Australia-New Zealand service operated jointly by P&O Nedlloyd and Contship Containerlines.
P&O Nedlloyd now operates this service with aging vessels that use Conair-type refrigerated containers. Standard reefer containers carry their own refrigeration units; with Conair units, cold air is produced by the ship's refrigeration unit and blown into the containers through portholes.
Each of the new ships will have slots for 1,300 TEUs of standard reefer containers.
Originally, Samsung confirmed that Claus Peter Offen had ordered seven of these new vessels, which left questions as to how Contship would be involved in the future.
With 10 ships, P&O Nedlloyd will have enough vessels to operate an eastbound round-the-world service.
P&O Nedlloyd is withdrawing from the joint service it operates with Columbus Line between Australia and New Zealand and the U.S. East Coast via the Panama Canal.