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Maersk Is Near Ordering Record-Size Ships, TradeWinds Reports

A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S is close to ordering as many as 20 of the largest container ships ever built, TradeWinds reported, without saying where it got the information.

Each vessel would be able to transport the equivalent of 18,000 twenty-foot boxes, compared with the 15,000 that the largest vessels operating now can haul, the shipping-industry newspaper said on its website today.

The vessels would cost $200 million each and may be powered by liquefied natural gas, according to TradeWinds. The initial order would be for 10 of the ships, with an option for 10 more, it said.

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. have been approached and are said to have already reserved space to build the carriers, TradeWinds reported.

Daewoo Shipbuilding said today “nothing has been finalized” after a local newspaper reported that Maersk is in talks with the South Korean shipyard to order new ships. The company didn’t say in the filing whether it was in talks with the shipping line.

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