Taiwanese carrier Evergreen Marine Corp on 11 September inked a deal with Japanese shipbuilder Imabari for the construction of 10 2,800 teu container ships.
These vessels are in addition to the 10 similar-sized vessels the carrier ordered at Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC in August, with the first ship scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2018 and completion of the series expected by the first half of 2019.
All 20 vessels will be deployed in the carrier’s intra-Asia trade, stated Evergreen.
The box ships are designed to load 13 rows of containers on deck, which is within the span of existing gantry cranes in major ports on the intra-Asia trade, according to the carrier.
As ships operating in the intra-Asia services spend much of their time in coastal areas and make frequent port calls, the ships are designed to reduce their impact on port communities and environment, Evergreen said, adding that its 2,800 teu box ships have various environmental protection devices and the latest technologies, which enable the ships to reduce emissions by around 20%, compared with traditional ships of similar size.
Shoei Kisen Kaisha will charter five of Evergreen’s 14,000 teu container ships to be delivered in 2017, and 11 18,000 teu container ships to be delivered in 2018 and 2019.