Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (Yang Ming) has announced the delivery of one new 11,000 TEU container vessel, YM Trophy. The vessel is chartered from Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. and built by Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. After delivery, YM Trophy will be put into service immediately on Yang Ming’s Trans-Pacific route PS6 to provide efficient transport service between Asia and the Pacific Southwest.
To increase Yang Ming’s mid-to-long-term operational efficiency, the company has ordered a total of fourteen 11,000 TEU container vessels through long-term charter agreements with ship owners. YM Trophy is the tenth in the series. It was named at a ceremony held at Imabari Hiroshima Shipyard on April 7th. This type of vessel has a nominal capacity of 11,860 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 plugs for reefer containers. With a length of 333.9 meters, a width of 48.4 meters, and a draft of 16 meters, the YM Trophy can cruise at a speed of up to 23 knots. In addition, the containership incorporates various environmental features, including scrubbers, Water Ballast Treatment Plant, and an Alternative Marine Power system.
YM Trophy adopts the twin-island design to increase loading capacity and navigational visibility, therefore enabling greater efficiency and safety. In addition, its ship hull form optimisation increases energy-saving efficiency and reduces overall emissions. With a shorter length and beam, the ship can manoeuvre during berthing or departure more easily. Furthermore, the new dimensions enable the ship to call at major ports worldwide and pass through the new Panama Canal with no restriction and facilitate greater flexibility in vessel deployment.
Following the delivery of the YM Trophy, the new ship and its sister ships will be deployed on Yang Ming’s Transpacific Southwest service PS6, Transpacific Northwest service PN2 & PN3, and Far East-South America service SA3, respectively. These ships will lower the average age of Yang Ming’s global fleet, reduce unit costs, and achieve energy efficiency. In all, they will allow more flexibility in fleet deployment, maximise capacity utilisation, and meet customers’ demands. As a result, the entire series is expected to enhance Yang Ming’s overall competitiveness significantly and strengthen its global service network.
The port rotation for the 1st voyage of YM Trophy on PS6 is:
Qingdao – Ningbo – Pusan – Los Angeles – Kobe – Qingdao
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