South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries commenced construction on a Chinese order for the world`s largest container ships in January. China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) awarded the contract for the five vessels, each with a capacity of 18,400 TEU to Hyundai in May 2013.
The size surpassed the previous record of the 18,000 TEU container ships another South Korean firm, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine, had built for Denmark`s A.P. Moeller-Maersk. Since the order was made, Hyundai said the vessels for CSCL had been further upgraded to a 19,000 TEU-capacity at the Chinese company`s request. The first ship will be delivered in November 2014 with each sistership boasting a 400 metre long deck, while standing 30.5 metres high with a 58.6 metre beam.