THE Panama Ship Registry has flagged the world's largest containership, the 24,000-TEU EVER ALOT with the flag of Panama, adding to the 18-vessel fleet of the 20 biggest box ships in the world. The vessel has impressive dimensions, with a length of 400 metres, the size of three and a half soccer fields and a draft of 17 metres.

The EVER ALOT incorporates a gas treatment system for complying with pollutant gas emission limits, an energy saving equipment and a bulb less bow design to reduce fuel consumption.

The EVER ALOT, launched at the end of June, surpassed the EVER ACE as the world's largest containership. Like the other vessels, EVER ACT, EVER AIM and EVER ALP, which have a slightly smaller capacity of 23,992 TEU, it belongs to Evergreen's "A" Class, sailing mainly between Europe and Asia.

All these vessels are registered in Panama, as evidence of the ship owners' solidity and preference for the Panamanian Registry that is administered through the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP). Panama offers benefits to its clients, such as the renewal of the agreement between the Government of the Republic of Panama and the Government of the People's Republic of China on Maritime Transportation, that brings important advantages to Panama-flagged vessels, including expedited passage and discounts when entering ports in China. The Register proposes an attractive incentive programme to promote a greener industry and a younger world fleet; in addition to its consular network of 53 offices, where shipping services are provided, such as ship registration, mortgage registration and of course, all seafarer's certifications and also through four auxiliary registry offices dedicated to the documentation of seafarers, and also through four auxiliary registry offices dedicated to the documentation of seafarers, and 14 international technical offices strategically located around the world, to support the more than 350,000 seafarers who sail aboard the 8,500 vessels registered under the national flag.

Source : Asian Shipper News