Evergreen Shipyard Corp in Nagasaki, Japan, has launched the U.K.-flag
1,618-TEU Hatsu Prima which, on delivery, will be the seventh ship in the
fleet of the Evergreen Group's affiliate, Hatsu Marine Ltd.
The first five Hatsu vessels were all 6,332-TEU E-type container vessels,
the last of which was Hatsu Ethic, delivered in January 2003. The sixth was
Hatsu Pride, delivered towards the end of the same month.
The E-type vessels are currently operating on the transpacific while Hatsu
Pride is trading between Asia and the Arabian Gulf
. Deployment of Hatsu
Prima will be finaliZed closer to delivery in July 2003.