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Hyundai Merchant signs LOIs with 3 firms to build 20 container ships

Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., South Korea's leading shipping company, has signed letters of intent (LOIs) with the country's three major shipbuilders to build 20 container carriers by mid-2021.

At its headquarters in Seoul, Hyundai Merchant signed an LOI with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. and Samsung Heavy Industries Co. to place three separate orders to build 12 23,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) and eight 14,000 TEU container carriers, the company said in a statement.

Under three separate LOIs, Hyundai Heavy is expected to build eight 14,000 TEU container ships by the second quarter of 2021, with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Samsung Heavy scheduled to build seven 23,000 TEU container ships and five 23,000 TEU container ships, respectively, by the second quarter of 2020, it said.

These photos taken on June 15, 2018, and provided by Hyundai Merchant show Hyundai Merchant CEO C.K. Yoo with, clockwise from top left, Ka Sam-hyun, president and COO of the ship/offshore marketing division at Hyundai Heavy; Daewoo Shipbuilding CEO Jung Sung-leep; and Samsung Heavy President & CEO Nam Joon-ou. The bottom left photo shows a container carrier. (Yonhap)

Hyundai Merchant plans to sign a contract with the three shipbuilders after discussing further details on the building process, the statement said.

The three Korean shipbuilders are the world's three biggest shipyards by orders. The companies have streamlined their businesses by selling non-core assets and reducing workforce as the 2008 financial crisis resulted in oversupply and declining orders. (Yonhap)

Kim Cheol-hoon  edt@koreapost.com

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