JERSEY CITY, NJ (March 7, 2014) -- Evergreen Group today held the naming ceremony for EVER LUCENT, the fourth of its L-type vessel to be built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan. The ceremony took place at CSBC's Kaohsiung shipyard and was officiated by Ms. Molly Mok, Chairman of Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd. The official rope-cutting of the new 8,508 TEU vessel was performed by Mrs. Pan-Tin Lim, the wife of Evergreen Shipping Agency (Singapore) Chairman Mr. Patrick Ang.
"According to forecasts by many economic research institutes, the global outlook is gradually improving. In view of this growth momentum, Evergreen Line has been conducting a fleet renewal program to better serve the expected recovery in trade." said Ms. Mok in her speech at the ceremony.
EVER LUCENT is owned by Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd. The ship is 334.8 meters in length, 45.8 meters wide, has 948 reefer plugs and a draft of 14.2 meters. Like it's L-type sister ships, it can cruise at speeds up to 24.5 knots. The ship will be delivered into service on March 11th and join Evergreen Line's Far East - Europe route.
Evergreen Line commenced its fleet renewal program in 2010 at a time when shipbuilding costs reached cost-effective levels. The project entailed ordering of thirty L-type vessels and chartering a further five 8,800 TEU units as well as ten of 13,800 TEU. Furthermore, in order to meet the tonnage demand of alliance commitments, the carrier has also signed charter agreements for ten 14,000 TEU vessels. The delivery of these newbuildings, scheduled between now and 2017, will be balanced by the redelivery of ships currently on charter when these agreements expire.