Wan Hai has signed contracts with shipyards for 20 box ships as part of its fleet improvement plan.
Wan Hai Lines has confirmed an order of 20 container vessels with Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) and Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard Co/China Shipbuilding Trading Company (GWS/CSTC). The contract signing ceremony was held at Wan Hai Lines’ Taipei headquarters on 12 November 2018.
The contract includes eight 3,036-TEU container vessels with JMU and 12 2,038-TEU container vessels with GWS/CSTC. Wan Hai has the option to declare an additional four 3,036-TEU vessels within six months and four 2,038-TEU vessels within three months. The vessels will be delivered from October 2020 and January 2021 respectively.
Wan Hai Lines operates a fleet of 72 owned vessels and 24 chartered vessels. It commented in a statement “This new shipbuilding contract is the company’s latest fleet renewal plan, so as to ensure that the company’s vessel fleet is able to maintain competitive and support continuous market development. Eventually, the company hopes to deliver better service quality to its customers with a more efficient vessel fleet.”