YANG Ming announced it had signed a contract for the construction of 10 new 2800-TEU container ships.
The vessels are to be built by CSBC Corporation, with delivery slated for the second quarter of 2020.
A statement from Yang Ming said the new ships would help to meet the future demand for medium and long-term vessel deployments, and help improve the company’s fleet competitiveness.
“In light of the rapid growth seen in the Asian emerging markets, the 2800-TEU class container ships will be well suited for deployment in most of the major ports in the Asian region,” the statement reads.
In the meantime, Yang Ming is taking delivery of five 14,000-TEU chartered vessels beginning in the fourth quarter of this year and throughout the first half of next year.
“These new containerships will update our fleet, and provide flexibility and broader service coverage for both long haul and regional services,” the company’s statement reads.
“They will also provide efficiency, energy savings and lowered unit costs. Yang Ming’s renewed fleet will significantly optimize vessel efficiency, enhance competitiveness, and continue to provide quality service.”
With an eye to the stricter IMO environmental regultations coming into effect in 2020, Yang Ming’s new vessels use a “sword-type” bow design and a “full spade” rudder design, which provides advantages such as high rudder efficiency, energy savings and reduced eddy current corrosion of the bow and aft.
“The vessels will also be equipped with ABS NBL grade fully auto-pilot navigation systems which will increase overall navigational safety,” the company said.
“Additionally, the ships will have global satellite broadband and network layout capabilities needed in the future era of big ship data management.”