South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, the Hyundai shipyard group’s specialist for small and mid-sized tonnage, has won a contract to build three 770 feu (1,540 teu) reefer container vessels. The ships have been ordered by the California-based Dole Food Company.
In May, Dole’s board of directors had approved in-principle the acquisition of three new refrigerated container ships for the company’s San Diego-based U.S. West Coast operations. Subsequently, Dole had started negotiations with a number of shipyards.
The new vessels are to replace a series of 491 feu (982 teu) reefer ships built between 1988 and 1991 in Italy. They will be 190.00m long and 30.40m wide and they are to be fitted with traveling gantry cranes. Construction at the Ulsan-based yard is scheduled to begin in 2014, with the first ship due for delivery in November 2015.