X-Press Feeders welcomes scrubber-equipped mid-size boxship to the fleet

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. held in cooperation with China Shipbuilding Trading Co., Ltd. on Sunday. (CSTC) held a naming and handover ceremony for the second 7,000 TEU medium-sized container vessel, X-Press Capella, commissioned by Singapore-based shipowner X-Press Feeders.

The container ship features an eco-friendly design concept and features an open circuit scrubber. The ship is equipped with advanced technology such as an optimized hull line, shock and noise reduction, low-energy main engines and high-efficiency propellers to ensure the ship’s Energy Efficiency Design Index meets the stringent requirements of the ship’s third tier Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) . The ship thus represents a new generation of medium-sized container ships that are characterized by greenness, environmental friendliness, energy saving and safety, according to SWS.

Compared to its predecessors, this state-of-the-art vessel type offers numerous advantages, including increased flexibility, improved fuel consumption efficiency and larger container capacity. The ship is classified according to ABS.

The company has 13 post-Panamax container ships under construction at SWS, data from VesselsValue shows. The first have already been ordered in 2021, followed by another order in 2022.

There are currently more than 80 orders for 7,000 TEU container ships on the market, 34 of which will be built at Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.

In early June, Eastaway, a member of the X-Press Feeders Group, ordered six 1,250 TEU container ships equipped with dual-fuel engines that can run on conventional fuel and methanol.

The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2025, bringing the number of dual-fuel vessels in X-Press Feeders Group’s pipeline to 14. The vessels will join the Eastaway managed fleet and be commissioned by X-Press Feeders.

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