By Mary Maushard
When the Evergreen Line’s Ever Lambent made its maiden call to the Port of Baltimore in July 2016, a new day dawned in Baltimore shipping. It was the first container ship to reach the Port via the Panama Canal after it was remodeled to accommodate some of the world’s largest ships.
Since that historic day, many and much larger ships have arrived through the Canal, many of them in the distinctive Evergreen green with white lettering. One of the most recent was the Evergreen Triton, with a capacity to handle 14,424 20-foot-equivalent unit (TEU) containers.
By virtue of its 50-foot channel and 50-foot berth, the Port is one of only a few ports on the East Coast that can accommodate such ships. In addition, Ports America Chesapeake has installed seven post-Panamax cranes and four super post-Panamax cranes at Seagirt Marine Terminal to handle the number of containers these ships carry.
It is fitting that Evergreen Line helped the Port usher in this new generation of shipping, as the major container shipping company has been a constant at the Port for more than 40 years. Evergreen’s first call in Baltimore was the Ever Spring in 1975. That ship carried 850 TEU containers.
Evergreen vessels carry exports and imports to and from the Port weekly. Export service from Baltimore calls in the Chinese ports of Xiamen and Yantian; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and Hong Kong. The major exports are waste paper, wood products, soybeans and poultry.
Evergreen also provides trans-shipment — cargo changes ships or modes of transportation — to various destinations in the Middle East and Australia, as well as Asia. It also offers service via Colon, Panama, to the Caribbean, the West Coast of South America and Central America.
For imports, Evergreen offers direct weekly service from Asia to Baltimore on the Asia-U.S. East Coast (AUE) service. Although not isolated to Evergreen’s activities, major imports into Baltimore include furniture, bedding, lamps, vehicles, wood and aluminum and plastic articles.
In addition to being a port of call for Evergreen, Baltimore is part of the company’s global network of 316 offices and agents in 112 countries.
The U.S. headquarters for the shipping giant is in Jersey City, N.J., and its Baltimore office on Corporate Drive is one of 11 in the U.S., operating as part of a worldwide network of more than 9,000 employees.
Composed of the five shipping companies of the Evergreen Group, Evergreen Line refers to Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taiwan) Ltd., Italia Marittima S.p.A., Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd., Evergreen Marine (Hong Kong) Ltd. and Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd.
As part of the East/West Trade OCEAN Alliance, Evergreen can provide cargo space on 330 vessels to 147 ports with 284 port calls each week. As one of the world’s largest shipping firms, Evergreen itself owns 114 vessels and charters 94 additional ships. The company was founded with one cargo vessel in 1968 in Taiwan as Evergreen Marine Corporation.
In addition to delivering goods on time in excellent condition, Evergreen Line prides itself on safety and environmental practices. The U.S. Coast Guard recognized Evergreen Line for its adherence to Quality Shipping for the 21st Century — a Coast Guard initiative to ensure that ships are committed to safety and quality. About 10 percent of vessels that operate in U.S. waters under foreign flags qualify for such recognition.
Evergreen has been in the forefront of developing the foundation of a sustainable global container transportation system that is environmentally, socially, economically and commercially responsible and viable.
From the very beginning of its relationship with the Port more than four decades ago, Evergreen has considered the Port to be an integral part of its service structure, offering customers a strategic advantage by virtue of its location, port capabilities, intermodal access and industrial expertise. Working hand-in-hand daily, Evergreen and the Port assure worry-free, professional service for customers as their cargo is moved into and out of Baltimore.
Evergreen Line At-A-Glance
World: Taipei, Taiwan
U.S.: Jersey City, N.J.
President: Jeffrey Chang, Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corp.
Employees Worldwide: 9,000