Jiangsu New Yangzijiang Shipbuilding of China has delivered the 4,253 teu COSCO IZMIR. The panamax-beam vessel is number 17 in a series of 20 sister ships that Coscon ordered in late 2007 and early 2008 and whose deliveries have been deferred as a consequence of the economic crisis.
The ship is to phase into the Panama-Canal-routed Far East to US Gulf service jointly offered by Coscon (‘GME’) and Hanjin (‘AWT’) on which K-Line takes slots. The vessel replaces the 2010-built COSCO KAWASAKI, which moves on to Coscon’s China to Indonesia service.
The COSCO IZMIR follows the COSCO WELLINGTON, delivered in June. The last three units of the type are scheduled to come on stream as COSCO ASHDOD, COSCO AQABA and COSCO SURABAYA.