Approval for Hudong-Zhonghua’s Gas-fuelled 25,000 TEU Container Ship

DNV GL has awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding for a new gas-fueled 25,000 TEU Ultra Large Container vessel (ULCS) design. The AiP is for a design that would be the largest container ship in the world.

‘Hudong-Zhonghua has been a leading player in pushing the ship design envelop forward, especially for large vessels,’ says Norbert Kray, Regional Manager of DNV GL – Maritime for Greater China. ‘In addition, the use of LNG is a sign of the continuing momentum for the fuel, as shipping transitions to a lower emission, lower carbon future. We look forward to supporting Hudong-Zhonghua on this project and its successful realisation with ground breaking new vessels.’

DNV GL and Hudong-Zhonghua have cooperated on many innovative projects, including on the Hapag Lloyd vessel Sajir, the world’s first LNG conversion of a large container ship.

Picture: Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen (7th from left), CEO DNV GL – Maritime, presented the certificate to Chen Jun, President of Hudong-Zhonghua (6th from left), at the Marintec China trade fair in Shanghai. The witnesses included Chen Jianliang, Hudong-Zhonghua Chairman (8th from left), and Norbert Kray, DNV GL – Maritime Regional Manager for Greater China (9th from left), alongside executive members from both companies.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.