ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. and Seaspan Corporation announced a strategic agreement for the long-term charter of ten 15,000 TEU LNG dual fuel container vessels, to serve ZIM’s Asia – US East Coast trade. ZIM is a leading player in this growing trade with an estimated market share of 9% according to market intelligence provider, PIERS. The vessels are expected to be delivered to ZIM between February 2023 and January 2024.
“This is a milestone agreement for ZIM, valued in excess of one billion dollar, which enables us to achieve two important strategic objectives. First, these top of the line advanced vessels will allow us to meet growing market demand on the Asia – US East Coast trade and provide top-level, reliable service to our customers on this important trade lane. Second, in line with our core sustainability values, investing in LNG-fueled “green” vessels demonstrates our continued commitment and leadership in addressing environmental issues related to our industry, meeting customer demand to reduce CO2 emissions, helping to preserve clean air and reducing our carbon footprint,” said Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO.
Bing Chen, Chairman, President and CEO of Seaspan, added: “We are very pleased to partner with ZIM to facilitate our customer’s industry leading environmental initiative. This transaction signifies both ZIM’s and Seaspan’s commitment to ESG principles, carbon reduction, and resolve to contribute to a greener business community in the future.”
Korean-based Samsung Heavy Industries was commissioned by Seaspan to build these vessels. This company is one of the world’s largest shipyards and a leader in high-tech shipbuilding, with vast experience in LNG-fueled vessels.