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VIDEO: Hudong-Zonghua delivers world’s largest container ship

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Nick Blenkey

Ever Alot is currently the largest container ship in the world [Image: Chinese state media]

There is a new holder of the title of “largest container ship in the world” and it is another giant from Evergreen Marine Corporation, the 24,000 TEU Ever Alot,

Delivered Wednesday by Chinese Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co Ltd, it is 399.99 meters long and 61.5 meters wide. She is the first of four new Class A ships to join the Evergreen fleet from the shipyard.

Although cynics may wonder how many tugs and dredges it would take to move the ship if it followed the example of never given and Ever Forward and getting stuck in an awkward place, one thing Ever needed a lot was some paint. Which was good news for Nippon Paint Marine.

Nippon Paint Marine is supplying coating systems to the four 24,000 TEU Class A sister ships being built in Hudong-Zonghua. Its wide supply range includes its A-LF Sea antifouling system.

Commenting on the decision to apply the A-LF Sea system to the world’s largest container ships, Steven Chang, Director of Nippon Paint Marine (Taiwan), said: “With systems and components capable of reducing the operational impact based on the marine environment design requirement, the low friction A-LF Sea 150 was seen as the only system capable of contributing to the owner’s stringent environmental sustainability goals.

“The super-efficient copper-silyl-acrylate antifouling has been proven to have a good fuel-saving effect, largely through the use of our patented hydrophilic hydrogel technology,” Chang continued. “This has been verified to significantly reduce scrub resistance, compared to other antifouling paints.”

In addition to the A-LF Sea 150, Nippon Paint Marine provided 20 different types of paint for several areas of the ship. In addition to the antifouling system, the company also supplied E-Marine anti-corrosion coatings for the hull, holds and decks, and a NOA 60 HS system for ships’ ballast tanks.

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