Evergreen plans to order 100 new ships
Evergreen chairman Chang Yung-Fa has been in Tokyo lately and has been speaking to media there about a gigantic series of ship orders his line is planning. The Kaiji Press reports that from May Chang"s company, the largest containerline in Asia, will start negotiations with yards across the region for as many as 100 ships. Broken down, Chang"s incredible shopping list includes 32 8,000 teu ships, 20 S-types (7,024 teu), 20 U-types (5,364 teu) and 20 2,000 teu feeders. Among the yards who are in the mix are STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, CSBC Corp, Taiwan and Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (NACKS). Regular yard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will also compete for Chang"s largesse.
This is not the first time Seatrade Asia Online has reported Chang"s century of newbuild plans. On January 6, 2009 the tycoon was reported as readying a war chest for 100 ships, something the firm later flatly denied.