Maersk Line has confirmed lease-financing deals for 13 feeder containerships to be built at Chinese and Japanese yards for its intra-Asia network.

The Danish liner giant said it will charter a series of 2,200-teu vessels that will be owned and fully financed by third-party vessel leasing companies.

Industry sources said Maersk Line is teaming up with ICBC Financial Leasing on an order for five feederships that the AP Moller-Maersk subsidiary has been planning to commission at Jiangnan Shipyard in China.