At the request of German shipowners from the shipyard's clientele, Bremer Vulkan initially developed the two types BV 1600 and BV 1800. In the mid-1980s, they asked for a container ship design for long-term charter to the liner shipping company Compagnie Maritime d'Affrètement (CMA) from Marseille. The basis of the draft smaller ship type Econprogress BV 1000 . In order to be able to offer larger numbers of the successful ship type, numerous ships of the series were built at the Bremerhaven Schichau-Seebeck shipyard.
The Maren S leaves the port of Las Palmas
The BV-1600 and BV-1800 series were manufactured in 30 units from 1986 to 1995, 18 at Bremer Vulkan and twelve at SSW. The ships were mainly used in the worldwide liner service of the CMA, but other liner shipping companies also used the ship type. The individual ships are depending on the version by the length, engines with 6800 to 12,180 kW power, the equipment with cranesor their preparation and other special features tailored to the respective application. On the basis of the shorter type BV 1600, the type BV 1700 was later derived with an increased number of parking spaces and the even more powerful types BV 1800S and BV 1900 were developed from the longer type BV 1800. Four units of the types BV 1700 and BV 1900 were built between 1995 and 1997 at the MTW shipyard in Wismar.  
Noteworthy within the series is a number of units that were delivered to the Contship shipping company between 1992 and 1995. They were each given a uniform, single-colored surface paint, which also included the superstructures, masts, cranes, etc. The color scheme of the Contship Singapore was completely yellow, that of the Contship Germany completely pink and that of the Contship Italy completely turquoise.
Detlefsen, Gert Uwe; Abert, Hans Jürgen: The history and fate of German series freighters . Volume 1 - The development, German series after 1945 The fate of the Hansa-A-Freighter. Verlag Gert Uwe Detlefsen, Bad Zwischenahn 1998, ISBN 3-928473-41-7 .
Detlefsen, Gert Uwe; Abert, Hans Jürgen: The history and fate of German series freighters . Volume 2 - The fates and résumés of the Hansa B and C freighters, the German multi-purpose freighters, type '36 / 36 L ', Trampko, type' Rendsburg ', BV 16/1800, RW 39/49 and Eco-Box. Verlag Gert Uwe Detlefsen, Bad Zwischenahn 1998, ISBN 3-928473-42-5 .