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taiwan's evergreen marine has dispensed with its usual disdain for megaships to charter ten 13,800-teuers from greek ship management company enesel which ordered the ships from south korea's hyundai heavy industries.

enesel ordered the vessels for us$1.2 billion, which will be leased to evergreen for an initial five years with deliveries expected later next year.

the evergreen ships are cheaper, $120 million each compared to other same size ships going at $170 million. they are also more fuel efficient, according to the parties involved.

mostly a tanker and bulk operator, enesel has four 9,814-teu containerships on order at hyundai, which are to be chartered to hamburg sud for 10 years after delivery in 2014.