TAIWAN'S Evergreen Marine Corp (EMC) is negotiating with shipbuilders in Japan and Taiwan to order 10 more 1,100-teu class feeder vessels. Company officials said it was possible the order would go to Japan's Hayashikane, which was awarded a similar order from EMC earlier this year. Seven of the new vessels would go into the fleet of affiliate, Uniglory Marine Corp, which operates an extensive feeder network in Asia. Taiwanese sources said the Japanese yard was likely to sub-contract some of the work to Taiwan's China Shipbuilding Corp because of the rising yen. Evergreen officials said the new orders would be placed soon and all vessels would be built within two years. The Evergreen Group is one of the world's largest container ship operators. The group's companies own 78 ships with a total capacity of 168,294 20 ft equivalent units (teus). Two more ships, each of 4,229 teus, will be delivered to its Panamanian ship owning companies this year. Another 15 vessels are on order for delivery from next year onwards. Eight of these are for Evergreen - five of 4,900 teus, and three of 1,162 teus. Ship management is still done in-house and the company employs a mix of Taiwanese officers and Filipino crews. Staff numbers, including seamen, total 3,200. President Thomas Chen said the ranks of Taiwanese sailors were dwindling fast because even students coming out of maritime training institutions were not keen to work on ships. Another milestone in Evergreen's global quality management programme was reached recently with the award of ISO 9002 certification to Evergreen Deutschland and Evergreen Austria. Evergreen Deutschland performs the dual function of being Evergreen's European headquarters and of being the Taiwanese company's general agent in Germany. In September, the management decided to apply for ISO certification and joined the group set up by the German shipbrokers' association Zentralverband Deutscher Schiffsmakler. The certification covers its head office in Hamburg plus four regional offices in Bremen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich. Not every Evergreen office and agent worldwide is applying for ISO 9002 approval since the company believes formal certification is not appropriate in every market.