Hong Kong-based TS Lines has taken in charge the 1,808 teu TS QINGDAO, fifth of six ‘Bangkokmax’ ships that the carrier is to receive from CSBC of Taiwan.
TS Lines had ordered the first two vessels July 2015, with two more orders placed in May 2016 and another two in March 2018.
Built at CSBC’s Keelung yard, the gearless ships are examples of the CSBC 1800 wide-beam Mk-II type of which more than 20 units have been delivered since 2014.
The design has a length of 171.99 m and a breadth of 27.50 m (eleven rows). With their compact dimensions, the wide-beam ships cannot only serve Bangkok city, but also numerous smaller ports with vessel size constraints.
The TS QINGDAO is propelled by a six-cylinder MAN-B&W S60MEC8.5 engine. So far unequipped in terms of exhaust gas cleaning, the new vessel is slated for a scrubber retrofit in Q1 2020. In the CSBC 1800 WB Mk-II series, she follows the TS OSAKA. This ship was delivered in January 2018, shortly before TS Lines placed orders for two more units.
The TS QINGDAO is to join this week the Korea – China – Thailand service jointly offered by TS Lines, KMTC and Heung-A, branded ‘CHT’ by TSL and ‘KCT’ by the two Korean partners. Here, she replaces the chartered 1,708 teu MILLENIUM BRIGHT, which will be redelivered to her owners.