Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (Yang Ming) has welcomed its newest 11,000 TEU class container vessel, ‘YM Tutorial’. The vessel is chartered from Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. and built by Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. YM Tutorial was named at a ceremony held at Imabari Hiroshima Shipyard on June 17th and has entered into Yang Ming’s transpacific West Coast route PS6 today (July 15th).

To further strengthen Yang Ming’s mid-to long-term operational efficiency, the Company ordered a total of fourteen 11,000 TEU newbuildings through long-term charter agreements with ship owners. YM Tutorial is the 12th vessel in the series. This type of vessels 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, a draft of 16 meters, these vessels are designed to cruise at a speed of up to 23 knots. The containerships incorporate various environmental features including scrubbers, Water Ballast Treatment Plant and Alternative Marine Power system.

This type of vessel adopts the twin-island design to increase loading capacity and navigational visibility to ensure greater efficiency and safety. The ship hull form optimization will further increase energy saving and reduce overall emissions. With shorter length and beam, the ship is easier to maneuver during berthing or departure. The optimal dimensions enable the ships to call at major ports worldwide and pass through the new Panama Canal with little restriction, thereby facilitating greater flexibility in vessel deployment.

Yang Ming has taken delivery of twelve vessels since 2020; eleven of which have been deployed on the Company’s transpacific routes to meet customer needs and maximize capacity utilization. These newbuildings 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.

The port rotation for the 1st voyage of YM Tutorial in PS6 is Qingdao – Ningbo – Pusan – Los Angeles – Kobe – Qingdao.

Source: Hellenic Shipping News