AESA To Build Three More Reefers For Del Monte

State-owned Astilleros Espanoles SA (AESA) of Spain recently received an order believed to be worth $88 million for three refrigerated cargo vessels from Del Monte Fresh Fruit International Inc. Last year, Del Monte ordered six reefer vessels from AESA.

According to reports, the three new reefers will be built at AESA's Sevilla yard. Each vessel will have a 580,000-cubic-foot capacity and will be powered by MAN B&W Diesel 6L60MC main engines producing a total of 13,750 bhp. The vessels are sister ships to two Del Monte reefers being built at AESA's Puerto Real yard. The Puerto Real-built reefers, however, will have a total bhp of 10,550.

The Sevilla yard is building four smaller reefers for Del Monte under last year's order.

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