All of Evergreen Marine Corporation’s 30
L-class ships are being upsized as the Taiwanese liner operator surpasses its
pan-Japanese rival ONE in the capacity rankings.
Twenty-one of the
originally 8,500 TEU ships, built around 2012, had their capacities increased
to 9,500 TEU
Twenty-one of the originally 8,500 TEU
ships, built around 2012, had their capacities increased to 9,500 TEU when they
were drydocked at the age of five years.
With all the ships due for a special
survey at the age of 10 years, the nine ships that were not upsized earlier
will be expanded in CoscoZhoushan and HuarunDadong Dockyard.
During the alteration works, the
deckhouses on the vessels are cut in half horizontally to insert a section that
elevates the bridge by around 5m. The lashing bridges will also be raised, enabling
another two rows of containers to be stowed.
Now ranked sixth among liner operators,
Evergreen currently has a total capacity of 1.51 million TEU, leapfrogging ONE
which has around 1.5 million TEU. The Taiwanese carrier also has the
second-largest orderbook, at 630,000 TEU, behind MSC’s 1.4 million TEU. Many of
Evergreen’s increased capacity came from newbuildings, both owned and long-term
chartered vessels. In contrast with several rivals, Evergreen has hardly
purchased any second-hand ships.
largest liner operators
Of Taiwan’s three largest liner
operators, Evergreen, Yang Ming Marine Transport and Wan Hai Lines, Evergreen
was the best performer in Q1 2022, as revenue rose 90% year-on-year to
TW$170.82 billion (US$5.98 billion) and net profit soared 160% from Q1 2021, to
TW$106.15 billion (US$3.72 billion)