Interasia Lines has ordered a trio of 3,000-teu containerships at Nihon Shipyard (NSY) in Japan, according to local reports.

The order marks a change in direction for the Tokyo-based company which has mostly relied on the second-hand and charter markets for its tonnage over recent years.

Last year Interasia Lines ranked among the top 10 Asian buyers of second-hand container ships, according to VesselsValue.