Thursday, October 18, 2012
Evergreen Line launches newest ship
Evergreen Line's newest ship, the Ever Leading, embarked on its maiden voyage Wednesday in Felixstowe, U.K., according to a company statement.
The newly built container ship, owned by Evergreen Marine, is reportedly 334 meters in length and 45.8 meters wide, with 942 reefer plugs and a draft of 14.2 meters. The L-type vessel can travel at speeds up to 24.5 knots.
Many stakeholders attended the celebration, said the company, such as UK government officials including Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond, and representatives from the Department for Transport, Maritime Coastguard Agency, Hutchison Port Holding Limited, Lloyd's Register of Shipping and the media.
Evergreen Group started a new shipbuilding project in 2010 to upgrade its fleet with an order of 20 L-type vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries. Evergreen placed an order for another 10 vessels of the same ilk with Taiwan Shipbuilding Corp in 2011. Seven of the 30 new buildings are scheduled for delivery by the end of the year.
The newest L-class containerships meet international regulations for environmental protection and can reduce CO2 emission by 15 percent compared to the carrier's earlier S-class eco-ships, the statement said.
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