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Evergreen ordersTAIPEI: February 08, 2018. Evergreen Marine Corporation (EMC) has ordered eight 11,000 TEU containerships from Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for delivery between the first quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.

Four of the vessels will be owned by EMC subsidiary Greencompass Marine and the remainder by Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong).

EMC said the newbuilds are part of a fleet renewal program to meet future market demand. As a result, the company will redeliver older chartered vessels as their contract periods expire.

Designed for a service speed of 23 knots and passage through the Panama Canal, the ship hulls are shorter than those of ULCS operating between Asia and Europe to improve maneuverability during berthing or departure.

The newbuilds will incorporate a twin-island concept, separating the wheelhouse and accommodation block from the engine room and funnel area. This design increases navigation visibility as well as the permissible height of container stacks on deck and therefore the cargo loading capacity.

The company said the ships would be equipped with various environmental protection devices including a ballast water treatment system and alternative maritime power.

Pictured left to right: EMC president Lawrence Lee; EMC chairman Anchor Chang; SHI CEO J.O. Nam; SHI CMO K.H. Kim

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