Monday, February 12, 2018

Container Line Eschews Ultra Large Box Ships with New Order for 11,000 TEU Vessels  

Twelve Newbuilds for Taiwanese Carrier

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Shipping News Feature TAIWAN – JAPAN – The Evergreen Marine Corporation, headquartered in Taiwan has entered into a new agreement with Shoei Kisen Kaisha, a subsidiary of Japanese shipbuilder, Imabari, to charter twelve 11,000+ TEU class containerships. The plans to charter these vessels were approved early last month at the board meetings of two Evergreen Marine subsidiaries, Greencompass Marine S.A. and Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd. The two will each charter six vessels with all twelve box ships being newbuilds, and due for delivery from the third quarter of 2020 through to the last quarter of 2021.

The deal marks a move away from the slew of ultra large container ships we have seen being developed over the past few years, and Evergreen commented that the 333.9 metre overall length makes them shorter than those currently plying the Asia - Europe trade and, together with a 48.4 metre beam, enables the vessels to pass through the Panama Canal and also makes it easier to manoeuver the ships during berthing or departure, bringing greater flexibility in fleet deployment.

The ships each have a carrying capacity of 11,850 TEU with a deadweight of 127,000 tonnes at a scantling draft of 15.5 metres and the new vessel design will also adopt a ‘twin-island concept’, separating wheelhouse and accommodation block from the engine room and funnel area. This arrangement increases navigational visibility as well as the permissible height of container stacks on deck and therefore the cargo loading capacity.

In addition Evergreen says the ships are specially designed to enable the loading of 40 foot containers on top of two 20 foot units; also known as ‘Russian’ or mixed stowage. Such an arrangement can not only increase the vessel’s loading flexibility but also maximise cargo-carrying capability. The vessels are part of a ship renewal programme with Evergreen, whose fleet containes around 200 container vessels with total capacity above 1.1 million TEU, redelivering older tonnage upon expiry of their charter agreements.

Photo: The charter parties were signed by EMC Chairman Mr. Anchor Chang (left) and President of Shoei Kisen Kaisha Mr. Yukito Higaki (right).

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