SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world' s largest shipbuilder, said Wednesday that it has won an order to build 5 ultra-large containerships worth 600 million U.S. dollars, the world's first order for such ships this year.
Under the deal with Seaspan of Canada, 5 super-large containerships that can handle 14,000 20-foot equivalent units ( TEU) of cargo will be delivered from 2015, according to an e- mailed statement. The contract included an option exercisable by the Canadian company for five additional same-class box ships.
The order was the first of its kind in the shipbuilding industry in 2013, and it made the Hyundai Heavy clinch all ultra- large containerships capable of carrying more than 10,000-TEU boxes ordered worldwide over the past year. In July 2012, Hyundai Heavy signed the deal to build 10 containerships of a 13,800-TEU size.
Hyundai Heavy said that it set its annual new order target at 29.7 billion dollars in 2013, up 52.3 percent from a year earlier, noting that it aimed to achieve sales of 26.9 trillion won (25.4 billion U.S. dollars) in 2013, up 7.1 percent from the previous year.