GL said on Wednesday that it has signed a classification agreement with HHI for the construction of five 18,400 teu boxships. (see our exclusive interview with Li Shaode, chairman of China Shipping for more details)
"The agreement marks a historic milestone for GL. We feel honored to be part of this exciting project and will make sure it becomes a success," said Erik van der Noordaa, ceo of GL Group.
The fuel-efficient boxships are designed to reduce bunker consumption by 20% to 30%.
Each ship will measure 400 m overall in length and 58.6 m in width and deliveries will start in the second half of 2014.
With the class notation EP-D (Environmental Passport Design) the vessels are prepared for upcoming regulations at an early stage. EP-D is a compilation of relevant ship characteristics for meeting national and international environmental standards.
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