Taiwanese carrier Evergreen on 10 August signed a deal with China Shipbuilding Corporation (CSBC) to build 10 2,800 teu container ships.
The first ship will be delivered in the second half of 2017, and the whole series will be completed by the first half of 2018. The vessels will be deployed in the Evergreen’s intra-Asia trade, according to the company.
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The box ships are designed to load 13 rows of containers on deck, which is within the span of existing gantry cranes in the major ports of intra-Asia trade, and their hull is wider, enabling the ships to navigate in shallower ports within Asia.
To meet Evergreen’s eco-friendly criteria, the ships will be equipped with CSBC’s innovative Sea-Sword Bow (SSB) technology, which can reduce fuel consumption by around 10%. The ships’ electronic-controlled fuel-injection engine also meets the International Maritime Organization’s Tier II standards, by cutting the emissions by around 20%.