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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 

Samsung Heavy Industries has won orders for six ultra-large containerships, each of over 23.000 TET capacity, valued in total at more than KRW 1 trillion (US$ 920 million).

The contract is with Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine Corporation. The newbuildings will be 400 m long, 61.5 m wide and 33.2 m high, by which 23,764 20ft containers can be transported at once. Size-wise, these exceed then the world's largest containership with a capacity of 23,756 TEU, which was delivered by SHI to Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a Swiss shipping group, in July this year.

These vessels will sail safely and economically with SVESSEL, a next-generation smart ship system independently developed by Samsung Heavy. Outfitted with Energy Saving Devices (ESDs), such as SAVER Fin and Rudder bulb, and new hull forms, these highly-efficient smart ships can reduce fuel consumption by up to 7%.

SAVER Fin is a device applied to outer plating of vessels to control water flow around hulls, to achieve improved fuel efficiency and significantly reduced ship vibrations, which has been applied to more than 200 vessels to date.  Other types of ESDs like the Rudder bulb and SAVER Stator, which enhance marine propulsion by controlling water flow before and behind propellers, have also been used on many vessels.

SHI's 23,000 TEU box ships orderbook has now become the world's largest with 14 vessels. "The demand for ultra-large containerships is expected to continue as global ship owners have reduced cost through an economy of scale. Based upon advanced technologies including smart ships and reduced energy consumption as well as new designs for hull forms, Samsung Heavy will keep leading the ultra-large box ships market," said an official of SHI.

SHI's year-to-date contract wins stand at US$ 5.1 billion, which meets 65% of its annual target of US$ 7.8 billion, for 35 vessels of different types, including 14 crude oil tankers, 11 LNG carriers, six container ships, two product carriers, one special ship and one FPSO.

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