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China Shipping adds another vessel to fleet

The fifth 5,688 TEU vessel ordered by China Shipping Group has been delivered to it by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyards.

The new vessel, Xin Ningbo, is one of eight ordered by the shipping company in June 2000 from the Chinese yard.

Sister ships the Xin Pudong, Xin Dalian, Xin Qingdao and Xin Tianjin have been deployed on the line's Europe service, while the Xin Ningbo operates on the carrier's Far East-Europe service and made her first voyage from Shanghai to Europe on September 11.

A sixth sister vessel, Xin Lianyungan, will be delivered to the shipowner shortly.

China Shipping Group and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyards have also signed a new building agreement for two additional 5,688 TEU vessels.

The new vessels are expected to be delivered between July 2004 and August 2005.