Evergreen Marine Corp (
Purchases of the ships, each able to carry 7,000 20-foot (6m) containers, will be open to bids, Daphne Tsai, Taipei-based Evergreen's public relations manager, said in an interview in Taipei on Wednesday.
Prices for ships of this size have risen to US$100 million apiece from US$70 million three years ago, according to Nieh Kuo-wei (
"We're waiting for prices to fall before placing new orders," Nieh said.
Evergreen Marine will receive a total eight vessels of the same size this year and next, he said.
Evergreen and its affiliates have a total of 150 vessels in their fleet, with the combined capacity to carry 450,000 20-foot containers.
Evergreen said sales last year rose almost 1 percent to NT$42 billion (US$1.3 billion), according to its filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange. Nine-month net income climbed 8 percent to NT$9.67 billion, the company said on Oct. 31.
Shares of the company have declined 29 percent in the past 12 months.