German shipowner Friedrich A Detjen has ordered two 3,900 TEU containerships at Halla Heavy Industries in South Korea. The company also arranged an option for another four ships of the same type with the yard. The order is the latest in a number of deals in which German shipowners are utilising the low prices for ship newbuildings, especially from South Korean yards. Among recent orders is a fifth vessel placed by German owner Claus-Peter Offen at Samsung Shipbuilding and Heavy Industries, which converts the first of two options.
The vessels, which according to latest reports have 3,480 TEU capacity instead of the 2,500 TEU originally planned, all follow a design drawn up by Flender Werft of which Mr Offen is a shareholder. They will be equipped with four 40 tonnes cranes.
(Lloyd's List -- 02-24-99, p. 1)