Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction – Philippines (HHIC-Phil Inc.) has been making significant strides in the ultra large box ship newbuilding category, with the sea trial of the Philippine-made 20,600 TEU class containership in progress.
Launched in August 2017, the mammoth vessel was out in the open seas from December 29, 2017 to January 2, 2018. It embarked on an important journey for 3 nights and 4 days to undergo a series of performance tests and technical inspections prior to its expected delivery in the early part of 2018 to its proud owner French shipping magnate CMA CGM.
The ship has a length of 400 meters, a width of 59 meters and a depth of 33 meters, making it one of the largest container vessels ever built in the world today. CMA CGM has two more vessels of such type and size in the advance stages of shipbuilding process at HHIC-Phil Inc.’s 326-hectare Subic shipyard, marking the latter’s strong bid to be shipbuilder of choice for highly cost effective ships of much higher tonnage.
HHIC-Phil Inc. has still a number of high value commercial vessels on order with their launchings and deliveries spread across 2018 and 2019. These include liquefied petroleum gas carriers, crude oil carriers, among others. Since its commercial operation in 2008, HHIC-Phil Inc. has already delivered a total of 112 vessels to various valued clients all over the world.
Sea News, January 5