Yang Ming expands fleet to meet Pacific demand

Yang Ming expands fleet to meet growing Pacific demand

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp (Yang Ming) has increased its container ship fleet with a new 11,000 TEU vessel as it looks to meet growing demand on Trans-Pacific trade routes.

The carrier said the YM Target has joined its fleet three months ahead of schedule and will provide efficient delivery services between Asia and Pacific Northwest coast of the US.

The YM Target is the fourth to be delivered in the series. This type of vessels has a nominal capacity of 12,690 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 plugs for reefer containers.

With a length of 332.2 meters, a width of 48.2 meters, a draft of 16 meters, these vessels are designed to cruise at a speed up to 23 knots.

The containerships incorporate various environmental features including scrubbers, water ballast treatment plant and an alternative marine power system.

In addition, these vessels adopt the twin-island design to increase loading capacity and navigational visibility to ensure more efficiency and safety.

The ship hull form optimization will further increase energy saving and reduce overall emissions.

Furthermore, the new ship is designed with shorter length and beam, which makes them easier to maneuver during berthing or departure.

The hull dimensions enable these ships to call at major ports across the world, pass through new Panama Canal with no restriction, and facilitate greater flexibility in vessel deployment.

Yang Ming started taking delivery of these new vessels in 2020. With the new ships, the company will be able to lower the average age of its global fleet and accelerate fleet optimization to achieve energy efficiency and reduce unit cost.

In a statement, Yang Ming said, “ Recently, the container shipping market has seen a surge in demand.

“During the period, the deployment of the four new vessels will enable Yang Ming to maximize capacity utilization, greatly enhance its service quality, and deliver more excellent service to global customers.”

The last quarter of 2020 saw record volumes between on the Pacific as exports resumed and factories reopened after China emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This has caused record container traffic at US West Coast ports.

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