Release Date: 02 April 2007
Release ID: 412
Ever Summit, the eighth in a series of ten 7024TEU S-class vessels being built for Evergreen in Japan, was launched on 2 March at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' Kobe shipyard. She was named by Evergreen Group second Vice Group Chairman S S Lin while the ceremonial rope cutting, sending the ship down the slipway, was performed by Miss Satomi Tamura, the daughter of MD Yasuo Tamura, Hospital Director of the 3rd Kitashinagawa Hospital of the Kohno Clinical Medicine Research Institute.
Due for delivery in June 2007, Ever Summit is scheduled to enter service on the Transpacific Southwest (TPS) service linking Southern China, Hong Kong and Taiwan with the West Coast of North America.
The Evergreen Group is approaching the end of a shipbuilding programme comprising 18 large post-Panamax containerships. Eight 8073TEU C-series are already in service and the S-series will be completed in 2008.
Green ships for Evergreen
The Evergreen Group's S-series vessels are built with the standard exceed all national and international regulations regarding environmental protection. In recognition of the ships' green credentials, Ever Superb, the fifth in the series of vessels to enter service, was awarded Ship of the Year 2006 by Lloyd's List Maritime Asia.
The S-series vessels incorporate design features such as double-skinned hulls and fuel oil tanks located in protected locations within the transverse bulkhead spaces, thus minimising the risk of oil pollution. A high capacity oily water separator enables the oil content of waste water to be reduced to just 15 ppm while much larger separated bilge oil and bilge holding tanks provide more storage capacity, enabling the vessels to avoid any discharge when sailing in sensitive areas and to maximise the amount of waste that can be held for ultimate disposal in specialised shore facilities. Similar arrangements have been made for handling sewage, grey water and cargo hold bilges when the vessels are in port or close to shore, while the ships also incorporate 'cold-ironing' - the ability to shut down all shipboard generators and switch to shore-based electricity supplies while in port.
With an overall length of 300 metres and a beam of 42.8 metres, the S-series vessels are able to carry containers 17 rows across on deck and 15 rows across below deck. They have a deadweight of 78,700 tonnes on a service draft of 14.2 metres. Each vessel has a single 10-cylinder Mitsubishi Sulzer 10RTA96C main engine developing 74,700bhp (54,900KW) to provide for a service speed of 25.3 knots.
The carriage of temperature-controlled containers, an increasingly important revenue source, is made possible with the provision of 839 reefer plugs.
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