Taiwanese shipping firm Evergreen Marine Corp (EMC) has placed an order for eight 11,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) capacity containerships from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).
"In line with the stringent eco-friendly criteria that Evergreen has imposed on its own operation, the ships are equipped with various environmental protection devices, including a ballast water treatment system and alternative maritime power to fully comply with the regulations of international maritime agencies and authorities concerned," it says.
Four ships will be owned by EMC subsidiary, Greencompass Marine S.A. and a further four by Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd.
The newbuildings are planned to be delivered from the first quarter of 2020 through the second quarter of 2021.
According to EMC, the order is part of its newbuilding program to meet future market demand while continuing with its ongoing fleet renewal. On delivery of these new ships, Evergreen will redeliver older chartered vessels as their charter periods expire to help optimise the efficiency of its operating fleet and enhance the competitiveness of its services.
The ship dimensions are 334 meters long, 48.4 meters wide, able to carry 19 rows of containers on deck and has a scantling draft of 15.5 meters.
The vessels are designed to sail at a service speed of 23 knots and can pass through the Panama Canal.
The ship hulls are shorter than those of ultra large containerships plying the Asia – Europe trade, making it easier to manoeuvre the ships during berthing or departure while bringing greater flexibility in fleet deployment.
Photo credit: Evergreen Marine Corp
Published: 15 February 2018
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