Evergreen Marine Corp (EMC) has placed an order for eight 11,000TEU containerships with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).
The Neo-Panamax vessels, which measure 334 metres by 48.4 metres, are expected to be delivered from the first quarter of 2020 until May 2021.
Under the deal worth KRW817.9 billion (US$752.2 million), four ships will be owned by EMC’s subsidiary, Greencompass Marine and the other four by Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong).
Able to carry 19 rows of containers on deck and with a scantling draught of 15.5 metres, the vessels are designed to sail at a service speed of 23 knots and can pass through the Panama Canal.
The design adopts a twin-island concept, separating wheelhouse and accommodation block from engine room and funnel area.