Evergreen Group has confirmed another an order with Japanese shipbuilder Imabari calling for ten 2,800 TEU containerships on the heels of its previous order for ten similar vessels announced last month from the CSBC shipyard in Taiwan.
The latest contract was signed by Evergreen Marine Corp. Chairman Mr. Anchor Chang and Imabari Shipbuilding President Mr. Yukito Higaki. The first ship is planned to be delivered during the first half of 2018 with the completion of the series due by the first half of 2019.
All 20 newbuildings are planned to be deployed in the intra-Asia trade.
The 10 ships will be built to Evergreen’s B-type design and will be 211 meters in length, 32.8 meters wide, and have a design draft of 10 meters with a capacity of around 2,800 TEU. The ships are designed to load 13 rows of containers on deck, ideal for the span of the existing gantry cranes in the major ports on the intra-Asian trade. The hull design of the vessels is wider in comparison to ships of a similar capacity, enabling the ships to navigate in the shallower ports encountered in the intra-Asia trade and to enhance their cargo carrying capability, according to Evergreen. The company also notes that the ships can cruise at a speed up to 21.8 knots, thus enhancing their on-time performance and competitiveness.
Vessels operating on regional trades – such as intra-Asia – often sail in coastal areas, with frequent port calls and in close proximity people living along coastal and port communities. Evergreen says to reduce their impact on these communities and eco-systems, the company has imposed stringent eco-friendly criteria on their operation, such as various environmental protection devices and the latest technology to safeguard the sustainable development of the marine environment. The ships are also to be equipped with an electronic-controlled fuel injection engine, which meets the IMO Tier II standards for NOx emission and the requirements of Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), and can reduce emissions by around 20% in comparison with vessels of traditional designs.