Hanjin Shipping took delivery of two new post-Panamax containerships with capacities of 8,600 20-foot-equivalent units of containers, the South Korean liner company said Tuesday.
Named “Hanjin Hamburg” and “Hanjin New York”, the two vessels are the second and the third of the series of five 8,600-TEU ships it ordered from South Korea’s Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.
The ships are equipped with fuel-efficient engines that can reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Hanjin Shipping has not yet announced any new ship orders in 2011, but said last fall that it plans to place orders.
“We are now in the process of establishing an optimum fleet portfolio by investing in various sizes of containerships ranging from 4,000 TEUs to 10,000 TEUs,” said W.W. Lee, deputy president and chief executive of the container business unit at Hanjin Shipping.
The rest of the 8,600-TEU series is scheduled to be delivered during this year.
Hanjin said it plans to deploy the ships by the end of January on its PSX (Pacific South Express) service, which has the following port rotation: Yantian, Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Gwangyang, Busan, Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle, Busan and back to Yantian.