The ever-increasing size of container ships in the modern maritime world has a delayed knock-on effect. The average size of container ships being broken up also rises. Costamare was reported to be close to selling container ship Kokura (IMO 9085560) to breakers, making the 80,000 gt vessel the largest container ship ever to be broken up.
Several large container ships were thought likely to be on the verge of being sent to the breakers’, which are now opening again after several weeks of lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Formerly called the Katrine Maersk the K-class vessel was the first container ship with a capacity of more than 6,000 teu. She was also the first with a length of more than 300 metres and the first container ship of more than 80,000 gt.
1997-built, Liberia-flagged, 81,488 gt Kokura is owned by Mas Shipping Co care of manager Costamare Shipping Co SA of Athens, Greece. ISM manager is V Ships Greece, Ltd of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Swedish Club (Piraeus team) on behalf of Mas Shipping Co.