The second of a new class of ultra-large containerships was floated out of CSSC’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard yesterday. It is the second vessel with a capacity of more than 24,000 TEU built by the Chinese yard for the Taiwanese shipping company. It is celebrated as the Shanghai-based shipyard returning to work after a month-long shutdown due to China’s COVID-19 policies.
The new vessel, EVER ARIA, was launched on May 19, and her sister ship, EVER ALOT, was launched at the end of 2021 and is currently being fitted out. Hudong-Zhonghua is building six ULCVs based on an independently developed design that allowed the ships to increase their rated container capacity while remaining the same size as Evergreen’s other ULCVs. Evergreen’s A-Class ships are built in South Korea and have a capacity of 23,992 TEU, while the Chinese vessels have a slightly higher capacity of 24,004 TEU.
Like the other A-Class vessels, the new Ever Alot and Ever Aria will be 1,312 feet long with a 202-foot beam. The finished height will be 109 feet. The Ever Ace, built in South Korea, has a tonnage of 241,960 dwt, and the new Chinese-built vessels are expected to have a similar tonnage. The shipyard claims that the cargo hold has a depth of approximately 109 feet and a deck area of more than 250,000 square feet, making the A-Class vessels nearly 200 feet longer than the world’s largest aircraft carrier. They claim the ships can transport 240,000 tons of cargo.