On April 10, 2018, the 20,000 TEU containership “Cosco Shipping Gemini” was officially named and delivered. The vessel was built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. (DSIC) for Cosco Shipping Lines.
“Cosco Shipping Gemini” will provide greater stimulus for Cosco Shipping Lines to further optimize its global liner route planning and improve its international container shipping service. With an LOA of 400 meters, molded beam of 58.6 meters, maximum draft of 16 meters, design speed of 22.5 knots/hour, maximum deadweight of 202,000 tons and maximum load of 20,119 TEU, the vessel is fitted with 1,000 reefer plugs and sails under the flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It was classed by both DNV-GL and CCS.
With a significantly increased loading capacity, the serial vessels have also taken into full consideration the cargo type and actual needs of stowage, enhanced the flexibility of container loading, and improved the payload of refrigerated and dangerous goods as well as heavy and high cube containers.
Cosco Shipping Lines, headquartered in Shanghai is engaged in domestic and international maritime container transport services and related business. By the end of November 2017, the company had a total of 361 container vessels, with a total capacity of 1.84 million TEUs and 2.68 million TEU containers, ranking the 4th place in the world, and the 1st place in the Asia. Cosco Shipping Lines operates 356 international and domestic shipping routes, consisting of 227 international services (including international feeder services), 43 domestic services, 86 Yangtze River and Pearl River shipping services, covering 267 ports in 85 countries and regions worldwide.