Seen approaching Lions Gate Bridge recently is the container vessel YM Movement for her Thursday afternoon into Friday day shift window at GCT’s Vanterm Container Terminal. The vessel operates in a service loop from Ningbo, ShanghaI and Busan to Tacoma and Vancouver.
Built by Koyo Dockyard, Mihara, Japan in 2013
Owned and managed by Shoei Kisen, Imabari, Japan
Chartered by Yang Ming Line
GRT 71,821 tons
DWT 72.370 MT
Registered in Panama
Headquartered in Keelung, Taiwan, Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation (Yang Ming) was established in December 1972 and today operates a fleet of around 105 vessels of around 6 million tons DWT having almost 600,000 TEU of capacity. Yang Ming has also made terminal investments in exclusive terminals at Keelung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Los Angeles and Tacoma in the U.S; Antwerp in Belgium and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The four berth Kao Ming Container Terminal in Kaohsiung Harbor of Taiwan is the company’s flagship transhipment hub in Asia. Sister company Kuang Ming Shipping Corporation is the company’s global bulk shipping arm.
The company has historical links with the China Merchants Steam Navigation Company (CMSNC), which dates back to the Qing Dynasty (1872–1912) and the so called Self-Strengthening Movement of that era in China. CMSNC was forced to split due to the Chinese Civil War, which began in 1927 with the Taipei based branch of CMSNC merging with Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation in 1995.
In order to raise awareness of marine culture and fulfill Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Yang Ming opened the YM Oceanic Culture & Art Museum at Keelung in 2004 to promote maritime cultural education. The company also established the Yang Ming Cultural Foundation 2005 and the YM Museum of Marine Exploration of Kaohsiung in 2007.
Yang Ming " is transliterated from its two Chinese characters "陽明.""Yang Ming" refers to the sun and lightness. "Yang" refers to the sun, whereas "Ming" is the combination of the sun and the moon and often denotes "brightness," "clarity" or "enlightenment."
Ship of the Week provided courtesy of West Pacific Marine