Taiwan welcomed the Ever Ace, the newest containership of Evergreen Marine and the largest containership in the world. It was the largest boxship to dock in the port. Being on its maiden voyage, the vessel is reported to be a part of an expansion program that will considerably boost the Taiwanese carriers’ capacity.
Delivered on July 29 to Evergreen by Samsung Heavy Industries, the Ever Ace is reported with a total container capacity of 23,992 TEU, which makes it slightly larger in capacity than HMM’s ultra-large containerships which are rated at 23,964 TEU. In April 2021, CMA CGM, however, claimed the world’s record for the largest actual load with 21,433 TEU aboard the CMA CGM Jacques Saade when it departed Singapore. The new Ever Ace is 1,312 feet in length with a beam of just over 200 feet. She is similar to the other 24,000 TEU ULCC vessels built recently when it comes to dimensions. Samsung also reported that the vessel has a top speed of 22.6 knots and is built to operate very efficiently with several new features including a flared bow design.
The Ever Ace departed the Qingdao Port at Shanghai loaded with 6,200 TEU as it began its maiden voyage. The new vessel was given a festive arrival on August 8 as she reached the port of Taipei, where the headquarters of Evergreen is located. The vessel will continue to sail to Yantian, China before heading to Europe on its first voyage.
The new containership will mark the beginning of a new class of 12 ULCC ships on order for Evergreen, with a total of four expected to be delivered this year. Six of the total vessels are being constructed by Samsung with the others being built at Hudong Zhonghua and Jiangnan Shipbuilding in China. The six being built in China are reported to have a slightly smaller capacity of 23,888 TEU. Evergreen added two of the orders this spring to the class and is rumoured to be considered three additional vessels.
The new class of boxships is roughly 20 per cent larger than Evergreen’s largest vessels, including the Ever Given vessel. The line mentioned during the delivery ceremony that the new vessels will be used to advance its operations on the European route which had previously been using 14,000 TEU vessels.
These vessels are part of the carrier’s growth plan that calls for the addition of 70 new vessels with a combined total capacity of 688,000 TEU. Evergreen currently ranks seventh largest with a total capacity of 1,385,477 TEU, according to Alphaliner. Evergreen took delivery on 14 new vessels in the first half of the year, adding 98,000 TEU in capacity and it is expected to take delivery on 19 more ships in the second half of 2021. In addition to this, the company is also reassigning vessels from other subsidiaries to Evergreen Line to meet current market demands.
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Benefitting from the strong market conditions, Evergreen reported that revenues doubled in the first half of the year to nearly $7 billion while profits topped $3.2 billion.