Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries this week delivered the 4,530 teu wide-beam vessel HANJIN MARINE. The ship is the second of three sisters which Seoul-based HI Investment & Securities ordered from the yard in mid-2011. The orders were placed on the back of a seven-year charter to Hanjin.
In addition to the three ships from Hyundai Samho that Hanjin is to receive via HI Investment, the Korean carrier furthermore directly ordered three ships of roughly similar capacity from Samsung Heavy Industries.
The new compact wide-beam vessels will most likely replace a series of +4,000 teu panamaxes which Hanjin received throughout the 1990ies and of which the carrier already offloaded some units by means of sale and charter back deals or straightaway recycling sales.
The HANJIN MARINE begins her active service on the ‘CKA’ China Korea Australia service which Hanjin jointly operates alongside Yang Ming, STX Pan Ocean, Sinotrans and Heung-A. She follows four months after the HANJIN AQUA, delivered in January.