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GL to class CSCL 18,400 teu boxships

GL to class CSCL 18,400 teu boxships
Germanischer Lloyd (GL) is to class the five largest containerships ever to be built ordered by China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

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.