Taiwan’s Evergreen has a record-breaker on its hands.
The line has taken delivery of what it says is the world’s biggest container ship.
The Ever Alot was handed over by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in China this month.
Databases list the vessel as 23,888 teu, but the shipbuilder said when it was floated out last year that the actual nominal capacity has now broken the 24,000-teu barrier for the first time, at 24,004 teu.
The news is a bit of good PR for Evergreen, which has been rocked by two high-profile groundings over the past couple of years.
The 400-metre megamax-24 type ship cost $145m when it was ordered in 2019, according to Clarksons.
But VesselsValue now assesses it as worth a huge $290m, as asset values have rocketed in record container markets following the easing of pandemic restrictions.
Five more sisterships are due after the Ever Alot.
Consultancy Alphaliner has previously described news of the ship’s upsizing as “a bit of a surprise”, given its previously advertised capacity.
The former record holders were six 23,992-teu ships operating for Evergreen that were built at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea.
The new vessels are intended to serve Evergreen’s flagship service CEM, which links central China and Taiwan to northern Europe, with calls at Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia and Colombo in Sri Lanka.
The Ever Alot and her five sisters are 61.5 metres wide, or 24 box rows.
The huge funnel casing houses a hybrid scrubber.