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Mega ships to crowd Evergreen in fleet renewal programme

JAPAN's Imabari Shipbuilding has secured an order for eleven 20,000 TEUers from its affiliate Shoei Kisen and plans to invest JPY40 billion (US$340 million) in a new dry dock to do that job and build a slew of 18,000-TEUers for Evergreen.

Mega ships to crowd Evergreen in fleet renewal programme
31 January 2015 - 00:16
Mega ships to crowd Evergreen in fleet renewal programme

JAPAN's Imarari Shipbuilding has secured an order for eleven 20,000 TEUers from its affiliate Shoei Kisen and plans to invest JPY40 billion (US$340 million) in a new dry dock to do that job and build a slew of 18,000-TEUers for Evergreen.

Japan's largest shipbuilder also confirmed one day after, a Shoei Kisen a deal for eleven 18,000-TEU vessels for Evergreen, orders for six of which were announced in December.

The charter parties were signed by Evergreen chairman Anchor Chang and Shoei Kisen president Yukito Higaki for ships to be delivered from 2018 through 2019.

Ship designs incorporate optimised hull profiles and minimum ballast water requirements to maximise cargo loads, said Evergreen. 

The new ships will lower fuel consumption and enhance navigation safety as the G-type main engine is developed with a longer stroke to operate at lower speeds with capability of cutting bunker and gas emissions up to seven per cent more than traditional main engines.

With the delivery of these, in total, 66 ships within the medium to ultra-large size range, the carrier plans to redeliver chartered vessels upon expiry of their charter periods. 

"The programme will rejuvenate the fleet thereby enhancing the quality of service offered to customers and reinforcing the line's competitiveness in the marketplace," said an Evergreen statement.

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