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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Yang Ming Announces Subsidiary in Thailand

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Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation will establish a subsidiary in Thailand - Yang Ming Line (Thailand) Co., Ltd. The new company will provide all services starting 1st January 2018. Mr. Derek Chen is officially appointed as its President. Thailand is located in a strategical position in the middle of Southeast Asia with strong links to neighboring countries, whose economy has been growing steadily over the years. It is expected to see more rapid expansion of the market in the near future.

Yang Ming to Float 500 mln Shares

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The Taiwanese ocean carrier Yang Ming Marine Transport will make a public offering of 500 million shares as part of the company's ongoing recapitalization plan, the Taiwanese ocean carrier said in a statement . It will offer the shares to existing shareholders, Yang Ming employees and the general public as part of the company's ongoing recapitalization plan. "As the subsequent round of private offering continues with amounts pledged exceeding the first round, the Board of Directors of Yang Ming on July 14…

Seaspan Acquires First 14000 TEU Boxship

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Seaspan Corporation has accepted delivery of a 14000 TEU containership, the Yang Ming Wish. The new containership, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's first 14000 TEU SAVER design containership and second delivery in 2015. The Yang Ming Wish will commence a ten-year, fixed-rate time charter with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. ("Yang Ming"). Yang Ming may extend the charter for up to an additional two years. The ship is the first of a total of eight 14000 TEU SAVER design vessels to be chartered by Seaspan to Yang Ming.

Yang Ming Makes Exec Changes

Taiwan's second largest shipping firm, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. said its board decided to let chairman T.H. Chen serve concurrently as company president. The board appointed former president Frank Lu to be the firm's chief adviser, Yang Ming said in a statement. Lu left Yang Ming to be chairman of Taiwan Navigation Co., it said. The two shipping firms were formerly state-owned companies and were privatized in recent years.

Evergreen, Yang Ming Downgraded

U.S. investment bank Salomon Smith Barney downgraded Taiwan's Evergreen Marine Corp. to underperform from neutral and Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. to underperform from outperform. Salomon, in a September 19 research note seen by Reuters on Thursday, said it was lowering earnings expectations and ratings for Evergreen and Yang Ming. Salomon set a T$16 target price for Evergreen, the world's largest shipping company, and T$10 for Yang Ming, Taiwan's second largest shipping firm. On Thursday, Evergreen shares ended up T$0.3 at T$18.6, Yang Ming shares were up T$0.3 at T$12.4. Salomon said the main weakness for Evergreen, the flagship of the Evergreen Group, lies in its complex organization, while Yang Ming's core earnings are a major concern.

Port of L.A. Review Proposed Yang Ming Terminal Improvements

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The Port of Los Angeles is initiating the environmental review process on a proposed berth-improvement project by Yang Ming, a Taiwanese marine transport company at the Port. The start of the environmental process, which is expected to formally begin this fall with a Notice of Preparation, is the first step in Yang Ming's plan to enhance its terminal facilities and deepen its berth to accommodate 14,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent (TEU) vessels and increase cargo volume. In May, executives from Yang Ming and the Port of Los Angeles signed a term sheet agreement at Chi-Du…

Yang Ming To Purchase Nine Containerships

Yang Ming Marine Lines approved a plan to issue $150-180 million in convertible bonds overseas to finance the purchase of nine new container ships. Yang Ming said it plans to buy seven ships, each with a capacity of 1,500 teu, to ply its its Asian lines, and two 5,500-teu ships for its transoceanic routes. "The company feels that shipbuilding costs are still at low levels and the shipping market is in an upturn, which fits with our plans to strengthen our regional and transoceanic fleets," Yang Ming's said in a statement. Yang Ming said the nine ships represented a record order for the shipper, which purchased five 5,500-teu containerships in 1998.

Port of Tacoma Celebrate Opening of Olympic Container Terminal

The Port of Tacoma celebrated its third major container terminal grand opening of 2005. For officials of Taiwan-based Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, the Port and more than 200 guests, the event was highlighted by a traditional Lion Dance, meant to bestow good fortune at the new Olympic Container Terminal. The newly renovated, 54-acre (21.6-hectare) Olympic Container Terminal (OCT) is located on the Port's deep-water Sitcum Waterway, adjacent to the on-dock North Intermodal Yard and just a few miles from Interstate 5 and other major highways. "As the gateway to the Pacific Northwest, the Port of Tacoma is ideal for Yang Ming Line," said Spring C.C. Wu, President of Yang Ming (America) Corporation.

Seaspan Takes Delivery of New Containership

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Seaspan Corporation (SSW) has accepted delivery of a 14000 TEU containership, the YM Wellhead. The new containership, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's second 14000 TEU SAVER design containership and third delivery in 2015. The YM Wellhead will commence a ten-year, fixed-rate time charter with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. (Yang Ming). Yang Ming may extend the charter for up to an additional two years. The ship is the second of a total of eight 14000 TEU SAVER design vessels to be chartered by Seaspan to Yang Ming.

Seaspan Acquires Sixth 14000 TEU Boxship

SEASPAN Spanning the Ocean Highways

Seaspan Corporation  announced today that it accepted delivery of a 14000 TEU containership, the YM Warmth. The new containership, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's sixth 14000 TEU SAVER design containership and eighth delivery in 2015. The YM Warmth will commence a ten-year, fixed-rate time charter with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. ("Yang Ming"). Yang Ming may extend the charter for up to an additional two years. The ship is the sixth of a total of eight 14000 TEU SAVER design vessels to be chartered by Seaspan to Yang Ming.

Seaspan Acquires Eighth 14000 TEU Vessel

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Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) announced today that it accepted delivery of a 14000 TEU containership, the YM Width. The new containership, which was constructed at CSBC Corporation, Taiwan ("CSBC") is Seaspan's eighth 14000 TEU SAVER design containership and fourth delivery in 2016. This is the second 14000 TEU vessel using Seaspan's fuel-efficient SAVER design constructed at CSBC. The YM Width will commence a ten-year, fixed-rate time charter with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. ("Yang Ming"). Yang Ming may extend the charter for up to an additional two years.

Danelec Wins VDR Orders in China and Taiwan

Capturing 32 orders for its new-generation DM100 Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs), Danelec Marine’s recent orders were taken by its distributors in China and Taiwan and include 15 new pure car and truck carriers under construction at Yangfan shipyard and 17 retrofits for Yang Ming containerships. Yang Ming is upgrading its fleet to replace the existing VDRs with new technology and selected the DM100 VDRs due to their application-specific design and advanced features such as SoftWare Advanced Protection (SWAP) for faster and easier servicing and repairs. The Yang Ming installations are being made by Danelec’s service partner Navcom Electronics International Co. Ltd.

Yang Ming Agrees to Pay Cuts

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Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp management team has agreed to take steep pay cuts to weather a downturn in the global cargo shipping sector that has strained the company’s earnings. According to a report in Taipei Times, the company’s board of directors approved a plan to cut the salaries of first line managers by 30 percent, while executives’ pay is to be reduced by 50 percent. The pay cuts are estimated to yield annual cost savings of about NT$30 million (US$953,349), Yang Ming said in a statement.

Yang Ming Profit Hits $55M

Taiwan's second largest shipping firm Yang Ming Marine said on Tuesday its net profit in 1999 reached T$1.675 billion ($55.3 million) The company's 1999 sales totaled T$45.168 billion ($1.5 billion), Yang Ming said in a statement. It gave no comparative figures for 1998. Yang Ming's board of directors had agreed to offer dividends of T$1 per share to stockholders. The dividend included T$0.4 in cash and T$0.6 in stock. The proposal still needs final approval from the company's shareholders' meeting scheduled for June 3. The statement said the board also approved to issue T$3 billion in unsecured corporate bonds to raise operating funds.

Yang Ming Implements ECO Insight

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The Taiwanese carrier Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. will roll out DNV GL’s performance management solution ECO Insight. Yang Ming operates a fleet of 98 vessels, representing six million DWT and an operating capacity of 590,000 TEU, the majority of which are container vessels. Yang Ming will use ECO Insight performance management onshore, with Navigator Insight voyage reporting onboard for their vessels. “We are always active in finding solutions that can save energy and improve our fleet’s performance.

Yang Ming May Merge with Port

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Taiwanese container carrier Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp should merge with state-owned port company Taiwan International Port Corp. (TIPC), report local media quoting a member of Taiwan's parliament. Legislator Chen Ou-po of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) proposed that Yang Ming, which is 33% government-owned, can merge with state-owned TIPC, Taipei Times reported. Taiwan’s ministry of transportation and communications is working on the possibility of merging container carrier Yang Ming, island’s second largest containerline, and TIPC.

Yang Ming Chooses SpecTec

Yang Ming, the second largest shipping company in with a total fleet of 91 vessels representing 4.1 million-DWT of which container vessels are the main service, though 10 bulk carriers are also in operation. Yang Ming transports more than 3.1 Million TEUS per annum; a result which places them in the top 5 container lines in the world. Ming’s Marine Department and its IT & Business processing group: Wen Jen Chen – Executive Officer, Steven Tsao – Senior Vice President and Peter Chang - Assistant Vice President. SpecTec were represented by Ben Fan, Lum Pui lam and James de Vroome. In recognition of this occasion a plaque was presented…

Taiwan's Yang Ming Marine to Add Bigger Vessels to its Fleet

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Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, Taiwnanese global shipping and logistics services company,  will take delivery of 14 large-sized ships over the next two years, as it moves to expand its fleet of shipping vessels. At the end of March, the company took delivery of the first of 15 vessels it had ordered, each of which has a capacity of 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). By the end of 2015, the company said, it will take delivery of another nine 14,000 TEU vessels from Canada's Seaspan Ship Management.

Yang Ming Extends Charter Terms for Five 14,000-TEU Ships

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Seaspan Corporation announced today that Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., has confirmed the term of the fixed-rate time charters for the five 14000 TEU SAVER design containerships currently being constructed at CSBC Corporation will be extended to ten years with one two-year option. Two of these vessels previously have been allocated to Seaspan and three have been allocated to Greater China Intermodal Investments LLC ("GCI") under the right of first refusal agreement among Seaspan, GCI and Blue Water Commerce LLC.

HHI Delivers 14,000 TEU Box Ship to Seaspan

Seaspan Corporation accepted delivery of a 14,000 TEU containership, the YM Witness. The new containership, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's fourth 14,000 TEU SAVER design containership and fifth delivery in 2015. The YM Witness will commence a 10-year, fixed-rate time charter with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. Yang Ming may extend the charter for up to an additional two years. The ship is the fourth of a total of eight 14,000 TEU SAVER design vessels to be chartered by Seaspan to Yang Ming. The delivery of the YM Witness expands the Company's operating fleet to 82 vessels.  

Seaspan Accepts Delivery of 14,000 TEU Box Ship

Seaspan Corporation has accepted delivery of a 14,000 TEU containership new build, the YM Warmth. The new containership, which was constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., is Seaspan's sixth 14,000 TEU SAVER design containership and eighth delivery in 2015. The YM Warmth will commence a 10-year, fixed-rate time charter with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. Yang Ming may extend the charter for up to an additional two years. The ship is the sixth of a total of eight 14,000 TEU SAVER design vessels to be chartered by Seaspan to Yang Ming. The delivery of the YM Warmth expands the company's operating fleet to 85 vessels.

Wilhelmsen Ships Contract, Yang Ming Lines

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has secured a two-year contract to supply chemicals and gases to Yang Ming Lines, in a deal valued at around $1m. The contract which was secured by Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s office in Taiwan will commence in early 2010. The company will supply marine chemicals, oxygen and acetylene gases, refrigerants and other gases at key ports including Shanghai, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. “We are very pleased to have gained this valuable contract with Yang Ming Lines” commented Fanyi Lu, Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s account manager in Taipei. Yang Ming operates a fleet of 94 vessels with a 4.0-million-D.W.T, mainly container ships as well as 10 bulk carriers. The company transports more than 2.4 million TEUS (Twenty Feet Equivalent Units) a year.

Bronson Hsieh Leaves Evergreen to Head Yang Ming

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Evergreen Group vice chairman Bronson Hsieh has been appointed chairman of rival Taiwan carrier Yang Ming Marine. Yang Ming Marine Transport, the nation’s second-largest container shipper in terms of fleet size, approved Hsieh’s appointment, reports said. Hsieh worked at Evergreen Group for more than 40 years before stepping down from his position earlier this year. Hsieh replaces Frank Lu, who has served as chairman of the shipping line since 2003. Hsieh lost his role at Evergreen in March during a succession battle between the two sons of the late chairman of the Taiwanese company…

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