Korean Shipyard Building 18,000 TEU Container Ship

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Monday, May 14, 2012

DSME begins work on construction of the world's largest container ship

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering has begun constructing the world's largest container vessel after receiving the order from Denmark's AP Moller-Maersk, the shipbuilder has announced.

When completed, the 18,000 TEU container ship will measure 400 m in length and 59 m in width, with a deck wide enough to accommodate four football fields. It is the first of 20 container ships DSME is building for the Danish company based on orders from February last year. The shipbuilder said it plans to hand it over in the second half of 2013.

Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik and his wife Mary, who are in Korea visiting the 2012 Yeosu Expo that opened on Saturday, attended a ceremony marking the start of the vessel's construction on the same day at DSME's Okpo shipyard in South Gyeongsang Province.

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