YANG Ming is taking delivery of the new chartered 11,000-TEU YM Target on 5 February, nearly three months ahead of schedule.

YM Target is to be deployed to THE Alliance’s Trans-Pacific route PN3 between Asia and the US Pacific Northwest.

Yang Ming has ordered 14 11,000-TEU newbuild ships through long-term charter agreements with ship owners. YM Target is the fourth to be delivered in the series.

The company said this type of vessel has a nominal capacity of 12,690 TEU and is equipped with 1000 plugs for reefer containers

With a length of 332.2 metres, a width of 48.2 metres and a draft of 16 meters, the vessels are designed to cruise at a speed up to 23 knots.

The containerships incorporate various environmental features including scrubbers, water ballast treatment plants and alternative marine power systems.

The vessels feature the twin-island design to increase loading capacity and navigational visibility to ensure more efficiency and safety.

The ships are designed with shorter length and beam, which Yang Ming says makes them easier to manoeuvre during berthing or departure. The hull dimensions enable these ships to call at major ports across the world, pass through new Panama Canal with no restriction, and facilitate greater flexibility in vessel deployment.

Yang Ming started taking delivery of these new vessels in 2020.

The company said these newbuilds will help it cope with the challenges and stricter environmental regulations faced by the fast-changing shipping industry. YM Target will join THE Alliance’s trans-Pacific service PN3 on 7 February. The port rotation of PN3 is Hong Kong – Yantian – Shanghai – Pusan – Vancouver – Seattle – Pusan – Kaohsiung – Hong Kong.