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Yang Ming constructs new smart container vessels

Yang Ming has unveiled that its ten 2,800TEU container vessels, currently being constructed by CSBC, will receive Smart Ship notations from international classification societies.

Starting this year, these ships will be delivered and deployed to the company's intra-Asia services.

ABS, DNV GL, Bureau Veritas (BV) and Classification Society (CR), a Taiwanese non-governmental and non-profit class society, that is not a member of the International Association of Classification Societies, are the organisations that will award notations to the YM container ships for their technology equipment.

Five of the series of vessels, YM Celebrity, YM Continent, YM Certainty, YM Credibility and YM Continuity, will be the first batch of container ships to be awarded ABS Smart notations in the world.

The notations include Smart INF (Data INFrastructure for Smart Function implementation) & Smart SHM (Structural Health Monitoring). The recognition denotes, says Yang Ming, that these vessels are equipped with smart information infrastructure of big data acquisition and cloud transmission, which enables ship structure endurance monitoring and future structural health awareness through ABS’s customised analysis programme to ensure sailing safety.

Three vessels, YM Centennial, YM Capacity and YM Cooperation, will be the first vessels to receive DNV GL's SmartShip notations in Taiwan. The notations, including SmartShip OE (Operating Enhancement) and PE (Performance Enhancement), mean that these ships are equipped with advanced technologies such as improving container load flexibility with route specific container stowage and fuel saving with trim optimisation, according to the announcement.

"The technologies will enhance vessel performance and effectively reduce GHG (greenHouse gas)," stated the Taiwan-based liner company.

The last two in the series of vessels, YM Credential and YM Constancy, will be the first vessels to receive BV SMARTSHIP (MACHINERY 1) notation, which indicates the ships are equipped with an integrated computer-based system for the controlling and monitoring of the automated installations of periodically unattended machinery spaces, and they are equipped with monitoring devices allowing reduced scope of tailshaft survey.

Furthermore, seven boxships including, YM Continent, YM Credential, YM Centennial, YM Capacity, YM Certainty, YM Credibility and YM Continuity, are also certified by CR with “Smartship H, Et, I” notations, featuring functions of smart hull-structural health estimation, smart energy efficiency-trim optimisation, and a smart integration platform.

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