content of waste water to be reduced to just 15 ppm while much larger separated bilge oil and bilge holding tanks provide more storage capacity, enabling the vessels to avoid any discharge when sailing in sensitive areas and to maximise the amount of waste that can be held for ultimate disposal in specialised shore facilities. Similar arrangements have been made for handling sewage, grey water and cargo hold bilges when the vessels are in port or close to shore, while the ships also incorporate 'cold-ironing' - the ability to shut down all shipboard generators and switch to shore-based electricity supplies while in port.
The Lloyd's List Maritime Asia ship of the year category was first introduced in 2004 in reflection of the healthy order books of Asian shipyards. The yards, architects and classification societies are asked to nominate the most notable ships that have entered service. These ships are then considered for the award by the senior editorial committee of Lloyd's List Maritime Asia and finalists are chosen based on operating efficiency, innovation, safety and environmental factors.
Accepting the Award, Dato Dr Kenny Ong said:
"At Evergreen, we believe most sincerely that the maritime industry has a great responsibility to the future of mankind, to treat this planet with respect and to take every step possible in our efforts to improve the quality of the oceans and the coastlines. This belief was a prime motivator behind the design of the S-class vessels and will continue to be a driving force in the development of our future fleet and operations."
With an overall length of 300 metres and a beam of 42.8 metres, the S-class vessels are able to carry containers 17 rows across on deck and 15 rows across below deck. They have a deadweight of 78,200 tonnes on a service draft of 14.2 metres. Each vessel has a single 10-cylinder Mitsubishi Sulzer 10RTA96C main engine developing 74,700bhp