Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has been keeping its reputation as world’s top shipbuilder for 26 consecutive years since 1983.
HHI disclosed on November 18 that three of the ships it built this year, including a very large container ship (VLCS) and a LPG carrier, were chosen as World’s Top Ship 2008 from three of world’s shipbuilding and marine publications; Maritime Reporter, Marine Log and Naval Architect.
Having snatched world’s top position in ship orders and construction volume in 1983, HHI produced total 40 world’s top ships.
The recently chosen ships are an 11,700TEU VLCS named ‘MSC Ivana’ that was delivered to Switzerland’s MSC, 6,500TEU container ship sent to Japan’s NYK called ‘NYK Theseus’ and 60,000㎥ LPG carrier order by Norwegian Solvang named ‘Clipper Mars’.
‘MSC Ivana’ is the largest ship built by HHI and is 363 meters long, 45.6 meters wide and 29.7 meters high; deck width equals to four soccer fields and its length is 114 meters longer than Korea’s 63 building (249 meters) and 63 meter longer than France’s Eiffel Tower (300 meters).
NYK Theseus is a high-speed container ship that can travel at 25 knots an hour (46.3km/h) while carrying 780,000 units of 29-inch TVs or 32.5 million handsets.
[Dong-eun Lee / JYJ]
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