EVERGREEN Marine Corp. has ordered eight 11,000-TEU containerships from Samsung Heavy Industries, with delivery expected between 2020 and 2021.
Four of the ships will be owned by Evergreen’s subsidiary Greencompass Marine SA and the other four will be owned by Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd.
In a statement, Evergreen said the newbuilds would meet future market demand and continue with its ongoing fleet renewal. Upon delivery of the ships, Evergreen plans to redeliver older chartered vessels.
The eight new ships will be 334 metres long, 48.4 metres wide and will be able to carry 19 rows of containers on deck; they will have a draft of 15.5 metres.
The ships are designed to have a service speed of 23 knots and will be able to pass through the Panama Canal.
The ships’ design follows a twin-island concept, separating the wheelhouse and accommodation block from the engine room and funnel area. This arrangement, Evergreen said, increases navigation visibility as well as the permissible height of container stacks on deck.