Evergreen Marine Corp (長榮海運), the nation’s largest container shipping firm in terms of fleet size, is to take delivery of two L-type container ships from the South Korea-based Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd later this month to join its routes between East Asia and Europe.
Kuo Shiuan-yu (郭宣瑜), a vice chairman of Evergreen Group (長榮集團), yesterday presided over the naming ceremony of Ever Logic (長理輪) — the 11th vessel of a 20-ship order it placed with Samsung in 2010 — following the naming ceremony of the 10th vessel, Ever Liven (長青輪), a day earlier.
The two 8,452 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) ships would fulfill in the demands of various markets on the back of their flexibility, Evergreen said in a statement.
The vessels may be employed either on long-haul trades from Asia to Europe and North America, or on routes linking Asia to South Africa and South America, the statement said.
Evergreen Group started its new shipbuilding program in 2010 with the primary aim of upgrading and renewing its fleet, as well as providing better options for customers’ future space requirements.
Other than the order placed with Samsung, Evergreen ordered a further 10 vessels wirth the same specifications from CSBC Corp, Taiwan (CSBC, 台灣國際造船) in 2011.
A total of 18 vessels in the two orders are expected to be delivered by the end of this year, according to Evergreen, which now has 182 vessels in total.