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Taiwan: Yang Ming names new scrubber-equipped container vessel “YM Throne”

08 Aug 2022

Taiwanese ocean shipping company Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (Yang Ming) on Friday (5 August) said it will add one more new 11,000 TEU container vessel, YM Throne

The vessel is chartered from Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. and built by Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. 

The naming ceremony of the ship took place at Imabari Hiroshima Shipyard on 5 August. Mr. Hsieh-Lung Yeh, Director-General of the Maritime and Port Bureau, MOTC was invited to officially name the ship, and his wife Mrs. Shu-Chu Li had the honour to perform the ceremonial cord-cutting. 

The company ordered a total of fourteen 11,000 TEU newbuildings through long-term charter agreements with ship owners. YM Throne is the 13th in the series and will be delivered on 31 August. 

This vessel type has a nominal capacity of 11,860 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 plugs for reefer containers. With a length of 333.9 metres, a width of 48.4 metres, a draft of 16 metres, these vessels are designed to cruise at a speed up to 23 knots. The containerships incorporate various environmental features including scrubbers, Water Ballast Treatment Plant and Alternative Marine Power system.

The vessel adopts the twin-island design to increase loading capacity and navigational visibility to ensure more efficiency and safety. The ship hull form optimisation will further increase energy saving, reduce overall emissions and increase fleet diversity. 

In addition, the ships are designed with shorter length and beam, which makes them easier to manoeuvre during berthing or departure. The new dimensions enable these ships to call at major ports worldwide and pass through the new Panama Canal with no restriction, and facilitate greater flexibility in vessel deployment.

Yang Ming started taking delivery of these new vessels from 2020. These additions can lower the average age of Yang Ming’s global fleet, reduce unit cost and achieve energy efficiency. 

YM Throne will be deployed on Yang Ming’s Trans-Pacific service PN3 after delivery. 

The port rotation for the 1st voyage of YM Throne in PN3 is Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai – Pusan – Vancouver – Tokyo – Kobe – Pusan – Kaohsiung – Hong Kong.


Photo credit: Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.
Published: 8 August, 2022

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