New vessels for Hanjin and UASC

Hanjin Shipping christens its new 4,300 TEU vessel; UASC names its latest 6,919 TEU ship.

Hanjin Shipping has taken delivery of a new 4,300 TEU vessel - the Hanjin Durban, which was christened today at Samsung Heavy Industries in Geoje Island.

The Hanjin Durban is the fourth in a series of the eight 4,300 TEU container ships ordered in 2005.

From early-September, the Hanjin Durban, which is more fuel-efficient than any other ship in the same class, will be deployed in Hanjin's All Water Gulf (AWG) service, calling at Xiamen, Yantian, Ningbo, Shanghai, Busan, Savannah, Norfolk and Charleston.

The rest of Hanjin's 4,300 TEU vessels are scheduled for delivery later this year, and the carrier plans to secure mega-sized vessels of more than 10,000 TEU in the near future.

United Arab Shipping Co (UASC) has officially taken delivery of its new 6,919 TEU vessel - the MV Jazan, which was named at the end of July in a ceremony held at Ulsan in Korea.

Built by Hyundai Heavy Industries, the MV Jazan is the sixth in a series of eight A7 ships ordered by UASC.

The 6,919 TEU vessels can carry 459 FEU reefer units, and are also equipped to transport hazardous cargo.

UASC has also ordered nine 13,100 TEU vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries for delivery between October 2010 and Q4 2011.