Ever Ace – the world’s largest container ship
Currently the world’s largest container ship, Ever Ace is the first of 13 sister ships having a capacity of 23,992 TEU which in the opinion of many is as high as container ships can practically go (famous last words).
Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea
Owned and operated by Evergreen Marine Corporation, Taiwan
Delivered July 2021
Summer draft 17.0m
GRT 235,579 tons
DWT 241,960 MT
Capacity 23,992 TEU
Propulsion 11 cylinder WinGD X92-B diesel engine, 58,600kW (78,584 hp)
Cruising speed 22.6 knots
Ever Ace operates on the company’s CEM Service calling Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Taipei Port,
Yantian, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Felixstowe (UK). On her maiden voyage she reportedly broke the
world record for the most containers carried on a single vessel at 21,710 TEU.
The first six ships in the series are being built by Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, the final
Seven vessels are being built at two shipyards in China.
Evergreen Marine Corp. was launched by Dr. Y.F. Chang on September 1, 1968, with a single second hard 15-year-old general cargo vessel named the Ever Trust. By 1985 the company had expanded to be the world’s largest container ship operator although subsequently overtaken by Maersk Line and now MSC. Today, the company is heavily diversified into aviation with Eva Air and an international hotel chain. The Chang Yung-fa Foundation promotes education and culture in addition to sponsoring the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra and the Evergreen Maritime Museum. Dr. Chang passed away in 2016 aged 88 but the company remains in the hands of his family.
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