Ever Spring, the fifth in a series of 10, 7,024-TEU S-type container vessels ordered by the Evergreen Group, was christened Wednesday at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' Kobe shipyard in Japan.
The ship, named for the carrier's first container vessel launched 31 years ago, will join Evergreen's WAE service linking the U.S. West Coast, Asia and Europe.
Evergreen launched four S-type vessels in 2005 and 2006 that are deployed in subsidiary Hatsu Marine's fleet.
The Ever Spring has an overall length of 984 feet and a width of 140 feet, and can carry containers 17 rows across on deck and 15 rows across below deck. The ship has a deadweight of 78,700 metric tons and a draft of 46.6 feet. The vessel also has 839 refrigerated container slots.
Evergreen is taking delivery of 18 post-Panamax containerships from 2005 to 2008, including eight 8,063-TEU C-types.