MaritimeNews ® 30-May-2018 15:15

Chinese container shipping major COSCO Shipping Corporation has taken delivery of its third 20,000 TEU containership, COSCO Shipping Virgo.
Built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, the ship is 399.8 meters long and 58.6 meters wide. It boasts a deck area equivalent to almost four standard football fields and can achieve a speed of 22.5 nautical miles per hour.
COSCO Shipping Virgo has a maximum carrying capacity of 20,119 TEU, and it is equipped with 1,000 reefer sockets.
The giant boxship was classed by both DNV GL and China Classification Society.
According to COSCO, the ship’s fuel consumption and energy-efficiency have been optimized through latest energy-saving rudder and propulsion systems.  in addition, the ship is equipped with intelligen ship management systems and allows for one-man bridge operation.
The delivery of COSCO Shipping Virgo comes on the back of two 20,000 TEU boxships delivered since the beginning of this year, COSCO Shipping Taurus, also built by SWS, and COSCO Shipping Aries.
COSCO Shipping Aries — described as China’s first 20,000 TEU containership — was built by Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS). Both ships were delivered in January this year.
Apart from the two recently delivered ULCVs, COSCO Shipping Lines has eight 20,000 TEU vessels on order at SWS, NACKS and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry yards.
World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Cosco Shipping
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