Evergreen Group orders another 10 ships to expand capacity

Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) The Evergreen Group (????), Taiwan's largest container shipper, has signed an agreement with Japan's Imabari Shipbuilding Co. to build 10 new container vessels with a capacity of 2,800 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) to expand its fleet. The delivery of the 10 vessels from Imabari, Japan's largest shipbuilder, will start from the first half of 2018 and be completed in the first half of 2019, Evergreen said. The new shipbuilding plan is the second time in the past month that the shipping company has decided to add 2,800-TEU container ships to its fleet. In August, Evergreen signed an agreement with Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC Corp. (??) for 10 new vessels with a capacity of 2,800 TEUs each. The 10 ships built by CSBC are scheduled to be delivered from the second half of 2017 to the first half of 2018. As with the 10 ships to be delivered by CSBC, the additional 10 from Imabari will be assigned to the shipper's intra-Asia shipping business in the future. The 20 new ships, all categorized as "B" type vessels in Evergreen's fleet, will be 211 meters in length and 32.8 meters wide and have a design draft of 10 meters, allowing them to dock in the relatively small and shallow terminals found in many Southeast Asian ports. The eco-friendly B type vessels are expected to meet the Tier 2 nitrogen oxide emission standards set by the International Marine Organization in 2015 to reduce emissions by about 20 percent, the shipper said. Evergreen Marine currently operates a fleet with a total capacity of about 960,000 TEUs. Fifty-five percent of it is self-owned and the other 45 percent is chartered. (By Wei Shu and Frances Huang)