Since its establishment by Dr Yung-Fa
Chang on 1 September 1968, Evergreen Marine Corp (EMC) has secured
its place in shipping history. Since those early days, it has
not only survived, but positively thrived on hard-work and perseverance,
until today it boasts a fleet of over 160 container vessels. Both
in terms of the magnitude of its fleet and its cargo loading capacity,
EMC ranks among the world's leading international shipping companies.
But it was not built overnight. In 1975
when the energy crisis hit the world and the shipping industry
slumped, EMC had innovative yet practical ideas about how to shape
the future and it boldly launched its containership project. With
a newly-built fleet of containerships, it started a full container
service for the routes linking the Far East with the US West Coast.
EMC's fleet of containerships was the first such fleet for Taiwan.
In 1984, EMC made another pioneering move
with the launch of the east-west full container service across
the world. Its ships sailed throughout the continents of Asia,
Europe and the Americas. This move established Evergreen as second
to none in the provision of economical and convenient transportation
services for global industries.
With more than 240 service locations,
EMC covers more than 80 countries with its shipping network. Evergreen's
network includes several east-west routes linking southeast Asia,
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, Korea and Japan with the east
and west coasts of the US. It also provides services from Japan,
Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia to
Europe and the Mediterranean. EMC's containerships link Asia with
South Africa and South America and Europe with the east coast
of the US and are deployed on a range of intensive sailing routes
throughout Asia. They travel to India, the Middle East and the
Red Sea, as well as sailing on the north-south route linking Asia
with Australia. Evergreen provides a full container service linking
the east coast of the US with the east coast of South America
and Panama with the west coast of South America. Besides the main
routes, regular feeder services in the Caribbean and the Indian
subcontinent are also provided, shortening delivery times and
thereby benefiting cargo owners.
To meet a growing demand for the global
transportation of raw and fresh goods, Evergreen has employed
brand-new micro computer-controlled reefer containers to ensure
a professional transportation service that guarantees the safe
delivery of perishables for cargo owners. This service, for the
past 10 years, has gone far inland throughout Asia, the Americas,
Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa and Australia and has established
a strong reputation.
In recent times, Evergreen Marine Corp
has enthusiastically entered into strategic alliances with its
shipping counterparts through slot charters, slot exchanges and
joint services. These strategies work well for all parties involved,
not only in that they offer a more extensive service network for
cargo owners, but also because they improve operational performance.
On top of that, Evergreen has invested and built container terminals
to expand the functions of terminal utilization. The best examples
of this include the 5th Container Center at Kaohsiung in Taiwan,
Colon Container Terminal in Panama and Taranto container terminal
in Italy. In doing this, the operational efficiency of vessels
at terminals has increased, while the associated costs have reduced.
To ensure the safe sailing of its vessels
and to prevent casualties and pollution at sea, Evergreen established
the Evergreen Seafarer Training Center in 1999. It is equipped
with the world's largest Main Engine Quarter Scale Model, the
world's third NORCONTROL Engine Room Simulator and a 360 degree
Projection Theater Bridge Simulator. Apart from the brand-new,
state-of-the-art hardware training facilities, the center also
provides medical training and computer-aided instruction. It aims
to train seafarers to take a professional approach to achieving
the missions of sea-shipping transportation: human safety, vessel
safety and cargo safety. In recognition of its efforts in this
arena, Evergreen was awarded the Lloyd's List Maritime Excellence
Award for Commitment to Training
and Education in 2003.
In the age of the new economy, which brings
with it speed, efficiency and knowledge, the application of internet
technology is the key to success. Evergreen works hard to stay
at the forefront of technology trends and has developed comprehensive
digital systems which give it a command of market situations.
It has launched numerous e-business services by integrating the
information systems of all service sites as well as those of its
suppliers. Electronic sailing schedules allow customers to search
for services by port or region and provide them with up-to-date
information on departures and arrivals. Cargo tracking gives them
detailed, real-time shipment information and they are able to
upload their bill of lading online. In 2003, Evergreen was awarded
first annual award for E-commerce Excellence
by LOG-NET which
honors its outstanding E-commerce service.