Evergreen Orders 10 Post-Panamax Containerships

The Evergreen Group has placed orders with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. in Japan for 10 post- Panamax vessels, each with a capacity of 6.724-TEU.

The first vessel is due for delivery in September 2005 and subsequent vessels will be delivered at the rate of approximately four per year.

To be known as S-class vessels, the new ships will be built under the Greenship design concept proposed by Evergreen Group Chairman Dr. Chang Yung-Fa. The process, which involves taking a double-hull approach to the fuel oil tanks to take environmental protection into consideration can be implemented, according to Dr. Chang to reduce the level of tank damage and oil leakage. "We don't want fuel oil tanks to be located at the sides and at the bottom of the ships. If fuel oil tanks are located inside the hulls along the transverse bulkhead, damage to tanks and oil leakage incidents caused by grounding and collisions can be dramatically reduced." With an overall length of 984 ft. (300 m) and a beam of 140 ft. (42.8 m), the new S-type vessels will be the largest ships in the Evergreen Group-owned fleet. They are able to carry containers 17 rows athwartships on deck and 15 rows athwartships below deck and have 839 reefer plugs. With a dwt of 78,200 tons on a service draft of (14.2 m). Each vessel has a single 10-cylinder Mitsubishi Sulzer 10RTA96C main engine developing 74,700bhp (54.900KW) to provide for a service speed of 25.3 knots.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 24,  Aug 2003

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