CSBC’s Kaohsiung shipyard has delivered the 8,626 teu container vessel YM UNICORN to its compatriot carrier Yang Ming. The new vessel is the last in a series of ten roughly similar CSCB-built ships that Yang Ming received since 2008. The new vessel will soon phase into the CKYH-alliance’s Far East to Northern Europe service ‘NE2’, which is operated by Yang Ming and K-Line tonnage.
Yang Ming’s U-class vessel pool actually consists of three somewhat different ship types. In 2006 and 2007 the carrier received four 8,200 teu ships from Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea. As of 2008, a series of roughly similar vessels followed from CSCB. The first five of the ships have an intake of 8,236 teu, whereas the last five vessels were delivered as modified versions with an increased intake of 8,626 teu.
The U-class ship are 333.20m long and 42.80m (17 rows) wide. They offer provisions to carry 700 reefer containers.
Yang Ming’s order book still includes five 4,500 teu baby-overpanamax ships from CSCB (YM-E class) and three 6,250 teu vessels from Imabari’s Koyo Dockyard of Japan (YM-M class). Originally, all of these eight vessels were to be delivered until early 2014, but most of the CSBC-units have been deferred to 2014.
Furthermore, Yang Ming, through charter deals with the Canadian non-operating owner Seaspan, has committed to five 14,000 teu vessels from Hyundai Heavy Industries, with deliveries scheduled for 2015.