Idan Ofer-controlled Eastern Pacific Shipping has ordered up to 10 feeder container ship newbuildings that will bring its boxship orderbook to 35 vessels including options.

The diversified shipping company has struck a deal with Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding in China for six firm 2,900-teu vessels, with options for four additional ships, bringing the order’s total value to more than $400m.

The 2,900-teu newbuildings at Mawei will be the smallest container ships that EPS has ordered in recent years.