Cosco Shipping Specialized Carriers has returned to China State Shipbuilding Corp-controlled Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) for its eighth semi-submersible heavylift ship order there since 1999.

In a regulatory filing, the Shanghai-listed company said it had contracted GSI to build a single 65,000-dwt vessel to be delivered in January 2024.

Cosco Shipping said the order was part of its fleet expansion and renewal programme.

It added that the energy-efficient vessel will meet the latest environmental regulations.