Evergreen Takes Delivery of Two More 12,000 TEU Ships

The newbuildings will be used to upgrade the line’s Trans-Pacific services

15 December 2020

Evergreen Line took delivery of its sixth and seventh new 12,000 TEU class F-type containerships today. Ever Forever was built at the Geoje Shipyard of Samsung Heavy Industries. The name of this ship symbolizes her owner’s corporate philosophy of sustainable development. Ever Far was delivered by Imabari Shipbuilding, the name represents Evergreen’s comprehensive service network.

With the blessing of fleet superintendents and the shipyards’ executives, the two new large containerships set sail in good order after the delivery procedures were completed. The ships’ 58,000-horsepower main engines are powering the technically advanced vessels to their allocated loading ports on Evergreen’s trans-Pacific services while the propellers, which measure nearly ten meters in diameter, are driving them efficiently toward their new employment.

Ever Forever will be put into service on the Asia-US East Coast (AUE) service, which follows a port rotation of Xiamen, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Yantian, through the Panama Canal to Colon Container Terminal in Panama and then to Savannah, New York, Norfolk and Baltimore before heading back to Asia.

Ever Far is deployed on the South China-Taiwan-US West Coast (HTW) route, with a service scope covering Kaohsiung (or Taipei Port in the future), Xiamen, Hong Kong, Yantian, Los Angeles and Oakland.

The F-type containerships have a length of 334 meters, a width of 48.4 meters, and a scantling draft of 15.5 meters. The dimensions are within the draft limitations and terminal operation standards of major ports in the U.S. The ship’s hull adopts the twin-island design, in which the navigation bridge is located in the fore section of the ship and the engine room is located semi-aft. This configuration helps to prevent containers on the deck from affecting the view from the bridge and increases cargo loadability.

The optimized hull design reduces wave resistance, decreasing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The F-type ship is equipped with a facility to remove both sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide exhaust gases; ballast water treatment systems; electric deck machinery; air-sealed stern shaft seals; alternative maritime power (AMP) and other environmental protection features.

Evergreen has introduced the Smart Ship System into the design of the F-type ships, which has been certified by the relevant class societies. This advanced system can provide a full range of valuable information for both the crew and the supervising team ashore, helping to monitor the ship’s operational condition. This assists the crew to conduct safe and timely navigation and maintain trim optimization in accordance with changing weather and sea conditions. The ultimate aims are to reduce fuel consumption, optimize navigational routings and contribute to Evergreen’s green initiatives.

Ever Forever is the sixth containership of Evergreen Line’s F-type series. Built at the Geoje Shipyard of Samsung Heavy Industries, its twin-island hull design broadens the view from the navigation bridge and increases cargo loading capacity.   Image by Evergreen Line.

Ever Far, the seventh containership of Evergreen Line’s F-type series was built by Imabari Shipbuilding. The optimized hull design reduces wave resistance, decreasing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.   Image by Evergreen Line.

The 12,000 TEU class F-type series of Evergreen Line’s containership is equipped with a main engine of 58,000 horsepower and a propeller with a diameter of nearly ten meters.   Image by Evergreen Line.

Due to the consequences of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the container shipping market has experienced a significant demand to ship sought-after products to help contain the epidemic, and to satisfy the consumers’ changes in life-styles such as working from home. The abrupt market change has led to extremely tight capacity. As the two new ships are entering service, extra space can be provided to meet customers’ eager demand for shipping capacity, just as a timely rain shower will quench a thirst.

Evergreen Line has already been advancing its fleet enhancement plans. With the addition of these two new vessels, Evergreen has now taken delivery of sixteen newly built containerships, including seven F-type ships of 12,000 TEU and nine C-type ships of 1,800 TEU this year. These additions will not only provide more space to meet the demands of shippers, but also ensure more efficient service to facilitate global trade.

Evergreen has another 53 newbuildings to be delivered, including vessels owned by the carrier and ships chartered in. This order book still contains ten A-type ships of 24,000 TEU, thirteen F-type ships of 12,000 TEU, fourteen O-type ships of 2,500 TEU and sixteen C-type ships of 1,800 TEU, all to be delivered by the end of 2022.

With the delivery of these new ships, Evergreen’s fleet renewal program will continue as older ships are gradually phased out and chartered vessels are returned to their owners. The result will be one of the youngest, most technically advanced and sustainable containership fleets in the world, achieving Evergreen’s ideals of a greener future and enhanced competitiveness.

The cabin environment of Evergreen Line’s F-type series is designed in a simple and youthful style. The spacious lounge provides the crew with a comfortable space to relax during leisure time.   Image by Evergreen Line.

The reading room of Evergreen Line’s F-type containership is well lighted and with lively and bright colors.   Image by Evergreen Line.

To ensure hygienic and nutritious meals for crew members, the galley of Evergreen Line’s F-type containership is equipped with professional kitchen facility comparable to those used on cruise ships.   Image by Evergreen Line.

To create a clean and home-like environment for crew members, the mess room of F-type containership adopts bright and lively colors for decoration.   Image by Evergreen Line.

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