South Korea’ Samsung Heavy Industries on this past weekend delivered the 9,200 teu new-L-class vessel EVER LEGION, the 14th unit in a series of 20 identical sisters ordered in Korea by various related companies within the Evergreen Group between July and September of 2010. The ships are part of a wider series of 30 units, since Evergreen placed follow-up orders for ten identical sister ships at CSBC Kaohsiung in May 2011.
The Singapore-flagged EVER LEGION will phase into the ‘CEM’ Far East to Europe service of Evergreen Marine, to which co-operator Hanjin (‘ANN’) provides one of the nine ships and on which CMA CGM, NYK, Coscon, Hanjin and K-Line take slots.
The uncompleted ship was christened at the beginning of June at Samsung’s Geoje Island shipyard in a triple ceremony during which sister ships EVER LEGEND (Samsung L-type number 12) and EVER LEARNED (number 13) also received their blessings.
Very much in line with a recent trend, the new vessel has sailed empty from the yard to northeastern Russia for bunkering before going into commercial service. Many carriers nowadays send Korean newbuildings to Vladivostok or Vostochny to take advantage of the lower bunker prices in Russia.