Lykes Orders Two More Containerships In Japan At Cost Of $76 Million

Lykes Bros. Steamship Company of New Orleans recently awarded contracts for the construction of two additional 2,500-TEU containerships to be built in Japan. These vessels, costing some $38 million each, will be identical to four others to be built for Lykes by a joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding under contracts signed in July of this year that contained options for two additional vessels.

Lykes had been negotiating with the Harland & Wolff yard in Belfast for the two additional ships, but have announced that H&W was unable to guarantee 1986 deliveries.

The Japanese yards—each will build three of the ships—have assured Lykes that all six of the diesel- powered ships will be completed in 1986 as required by the contracts.

Main propulsion will be provided by a low-speed Mitsui/B&W 9L80MCE diesel engine having a maximum continuous rating of 28,800 bhp at 83 rpm. The 21-knot service speed will be attained operating the engines at 25,500 bhp at 79.9 rpm.

Though these ships will be built without U.S. Government CDS and operated without ODS, they will fly the American flag and be manned with American crews. Lykes president W. James Amoss stated earlier that his company has reached agreement with the four seagoing unions involved for manning scales that compare favorably with those of most foreign-flag containerships operating in the transpacific trade where the six new Lykes ships will be deployed.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 9,  Oct 1984 Nei Moran Towing & Transportation Co. Inc.

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