The sixth largest container shipping company, Taiwan-listed Evergreen Marine, will acquire 20 container ships, each with 11,000 TEU capacity, according to a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
Evergreen is planning to construct eight ships of the ships at a cost of up to US$ 800 million and take on 12 with a long-term bareboat charter.
Data from global shipping consultancy Alphaliner has shown that Evergreen’s purchase will push its existing fleet and order book numbers to almost match that of Hapag-Lloyd’s current fleet size.
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Evergreen is considering five shipbuilders for its order — Taiwanese CSBC Corporation, Japanese Imabari Shipbuilding and Japan Marine United Corporation, along with their South Korean rivals Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries.
Six chartered ships and four newbuildings from the batch will be ordered by the company’s Panamanian subsidiary Greencompass Marine SA, while the remaining ships from the series will be ordered by Evergreen Marine.