KOBE, Japan — Ever Summit, the new S-series Greenship vessel of the Evergreen Group fleet, was launched today at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ Kobe shipyard.
The ship is the eighth such vessel of ten being built at the Kobe facility and is due to be delivered in the early summer 2007 to join the Evergreen TPS (transpacific) service. The Evergreen Group previously launched seven S-series vessels in 2005 and 2006.
Evergreen Group Second Vice Group Chairman S.S. Lin named Ever Summit. The honor of cutting the ceremonial rope sending the ship down the slipway was given to Miss Satomi Tamura, the daughter of M.D. Yasuo Tamura, Hospital Director of the 3rd Kitashinagawa Hospital of the Kohno Clinical Medicine Research Institute in Tokyo. Ever Summit is also the name of one of the original four vessels that launched Evergreen’s full container ocean services.
With an overall length of 300 metres and a beam of 42.8 metres, the S-class 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. The ship also has 839 refrigerated container slots.
The Evergreen Group is taking delivery of 18 large post-Panamax containerships over the period 2005 to 2008 – 10 S-series and eight 8,073 TEU C-series – allowing the Group companies to upgrade existing services and phase out older vessels.
The new S-series vessels incorporate many new environmental features that go well beyond the requirements of new and soon-to-be-introduced international requirements.
– A double-skinned hull – All fuel tanks located within the transverse bulkhead spaces, minimizing the risk of oil pollution or fire as a result of grounding or collision A high capacity oily water separator that enables the oil content of waste water to be reduced below 15 ppm – A larger separator for bilge oil and bilge oil holding tanks to provide more storage capacity than normal, enabling the vessels to avoid any discharge when sailing in sensitive areas and to maximize the amount of waste that can be held for ultimate disposal in specialized shore facilities. – Larger capacity facilities for handling sewage and so-called grey water, including water from the cargo hold bilges, when the vessels are in port or close to shore.