The third low-emission, fuel-efficient L-type vessel to be built by the CSBC Corporation in Taiwan for Evergreen Line was named at a ceremony, held at CSBC’s Kaohsiung shipyard today. The ceremony was officiated by Mr. S. S. Lin, First Vice Group Chairman of Evergreen Group. The official rope-cutting of the new 8, 508 teu EVER LUCID was performed by Mrs. Woo Mun Tak, wife of Mr. K. L. Chen, Director of Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd.
In his speech, Mr. S. S. Lin said, “Among the ten L-type vessels that Evergreen ordered from CSBC, two are now plying the oceans in the service of our customers. In every aspect, the performance of these newbuildings fully meets our expectations. The deliveries of EVER LUCID and its sister ships will continue to enhance the competitiveness of our operating fleet in the global shipping market.”
With a deadweight of 105, 000 tonnes, EVER LUCID is currently the biggest Taiwan-flagged vessel. This ship is 334.8 meters in length, 45.8 meters wide, has 948 reefer plugs and a draft of 14.2 meters. The vessel can cruise at a speed up to 24.5 knots and is owned by Evergreen Marine Corp. EVER LUCID will join Evergreen Line’s Far East – Europe route after her delivery on January 15.
EVER LUCID is the latest vessel in Evergreen’s fleet renewal program. This commenced in 2010 at a time when shipbuilding costs were at cost-effective levels. The project entails thirty L-type vessels, which will act as replacements for existing units; this is achieved by balancing the newbuildings with the redelivery of currently chartered ships when their charter periods expire.
Again as part of its fleet rejuvenation and to meet the requirements of its service cooperation agreements with various strategic partners, the line has signed charter agreements for five 8, 800 teu vessels already delivered in 2013 as well as ten 13, 800 teu to be delivered by the third quarter of this year.