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YM Tutorial embarking on maiden voyage to Port of LA

12th of Yang Ming’s 14 ordered 11,000-TEU container ships enters service

Yang Ming has taken delivery of the 12th of 14 ordered 11,000-TEU container ships. (Image: Yang Ming)

Yang Ming’s newest addition to its fleet entered service Friday on a trans-Pacific route that calls the Port of Los Angeles.

The YM Tutorial, with a carrying capacity of 11,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, was built by Imabari Shipbuilding Co. in Japan, where a naming ceremony was held in June. 

The port rotation for Yang Ming’s PS6 service is Qingdao and Ningbo, China; Pusan, South Korea; LA; Kobe, Japan; and Qingdao. According to MarineTraffic, the YM Tutorial was expected to arrive in Qingdao for loading on Saturday. 

The YM Tutorial is the 12th of 14 11,000-TEU newbuilds Yang Ming ordered, with the first delivered in 2020. Each vessel is about 1,100 feet long and 158 feet wide and equipped with scrubbers, water ballast treatment plants and alternative marine power systems. 

“This type of vessel adopts the twin-island design to increase loading capacity and navigational visibility to ensure greater efficiency and safety,” Yang Ming said in a news release Friday. “The ship hull form optimization will further increase energy savings and reduce overall emissions. 

“With the shorter length and beam, the ship is easier to maneuver during berthing or departure. The optimal dimensions enable the ships to call at major ports worldwide and pass through the new Panama Canal with little restriction, thereby facilitating greater flexibility in vessel deployment.” 

Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. is headquartered in Keelung, Taiwan. It is the world’s ninth-largest ocean carrier. American Shipper’s Greg Miller reported last month there will be major capacity infusions from global ocean shipping lines over the next two years — an expected 2.45 million TEUs in 2023 and 2.74 million TEUs in 2024.  

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Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.