SWS launches 20,000-teu Cosco Shipping Taurus

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) has launched the largest containership ever built in China the 20,000 teu Cosco Shipping Taurus.

The giant vessel delivered to China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited (Cosco Shipping) on Friday boasts a length of 400 metres and a width of 58.6 metres, and is equipped for 1,000 teu of refrigerated capacity.

State-owned Cosco Shipping ordered a total of eleven 20,000 teu containerships, of which three are being built by SWS, subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC).

The 20,000-teu ship is designed by Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Company and China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s (CSIC) number 80 Research Institute.

The previous largest Chinese-built containership was the 18,000-teu CMA CGM Vasco de Gama delivered in 2015 by Shanghai Jiangnan Changxing Heavy Industry, an affiliate yard of SWS. The same year, the shipyard also delivered two similar-sized boxships - CMA CGM Zheng He and CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin.

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Posted 19 June 2017

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