Almost empty Evergreen vessel on it’s maiden voyage
As a sign of the times, the 24,004-TEU Ever Atop – the world’s biggest container ship transited the Suez Canal last week. It was riding high in the water on its maiden voyage because it was less than three-quarters full.
The ship was the last to be delivered of an order of the ten A24 series design for Taiwan’s Evergreen, and along with sister ships Ever Aria and Ever Alot.
The latest newbuild was on its maiden voyage westbound on its Asia-North Europe run. What was noteworthy was its lack of cargo. Most carriers will make every effort to maximise the load on a vessel’s maiden call, even topping up the deck with empties to give a fully laden look.
Earlier arrivals of Ever Atop’s sister vessels were greeted with all the normal ceremony surrounding the world’s largest containerships, when they arrived at their first port of call in North Europe, laden to the gunnels. This is one sign of how the market and demand for freight is shifting as carriers are racking up some serious voyage losses on ships that do sail, and bleeding from high overheads with no revenue from the sailings they blanked