Yang Ming Transport Corp (Yang Ming) has taken delivery of a new 11,000 TEU vessel, the ‘YM Tiptop’, to meet growing demand on the Far East-South America market.
In a statement, the carrier said the vessel is part of a 14-strong fleet of 11,000 TEU container ships and will be the fifth it has received as part of the series.
This type of vessels has a nominal capacity of 12,690 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 plugs for reefer containers, Yang Ming said.
With a length of 332.2m, a width of 48.2m, a draft of 16m, these vessels are designed to cruise at a speed up to 23 knots.
The container ships incorporate various environmental features including scrubbers, Water Ballast Treatment Plant and Alternative Marine Power system.
Yang Ming said they 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.
In addition, the ships are designed with shorter length and beam, which makes them easier to manoeuvre during berthing or departure.
The new dimensions enable these ships to call at major ports worldwide and pass through the new Panama Canal with no restriction, and facilitate greater flexibility in vessel deployment.
Yang Ming started taking delivery of these new vessels from 2020. These newbulidings will lower the average age of its global fleet, reduce unit cost and achieve energy efficiency. In addition, these ships will accelerate fleet optimization to proactively cope with the challenges and stricter environmental regulations faced by the fast-changing shipping industry.
With the strong cargo demand in South America markets and the ports infrastructure development in the area, the deployment of YM Tiptop on SA3 service will better meet customer needs, maximize capacity utilization, and strengthen Yang Ming’s position in South America markets.
Consequently, the competitiveness of Yang Ming’s global fleet and service network will be enhanced significantly.