The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) is said to have canceled its single order for a 3,500 teu containership newbuilding at Rongcheng Shenfei Shipbuilding in China.
Ordered in July 2011, the ship was originally scheduled for delivery in August and SCI blamed delays at the yard for its decision to walk away from the contract.
SCI still has three 6,500 teu container ship newbuildings in the pipeline. The Indian company ordered these vessels in November 2010 at STX Dalian Shipyard. Ironically, these ships have also fallen behind schedule as a consequence of the STX group’s insolvency filing and the resulting uncertainty over the future of the group’s numerous affiliates and subsidiaries around the globe.
Originally slated for delivery in the first half of this year, the vessel trio is now expected to be ready in 2014.