JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Evergreen Line’s eighth L-type containership, Ever Leader, has been christened by Bronson Hsieh, the Evergreen Group's second vice-group chairman, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard today. The ceremonial rope cutting for the new 8,452-TEU vessel was performed by Sook-Je Lee in a ceremony attended by dignitaries from Taiwan and abroad.
Ever Leader is owned by Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd. and is scheduled to be delivered on Jan. 15. The L-class containership is 334 metres in length, 45.8 metres wide, with 942 reefer plugs and a draft of 14.2 metres. The vessel is fitted with alternative marine power, ballast water treatment system, electronic-controlled fuel-injection engine that supports slow steaming and other eco-friendly designs, according to Evergreen officials.
For fleet rejuvenation, Evergreen Group commenced a new shipbuilding project in 2010 and ordered 20 L-type vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries. In 2011, Evergreen placed an order for another 10 vessels of the same specifications with Taiwan Shipbuilding Corp. Seven of the 30 newbuildings have been delivered in 2012 with eleven more scheduled to be delivered by the end of this year, according to officials.