EPS orders two more LNG-powered PCTCs in China

Singapore’s Eastern Pacific Shipping has ordered two more LNG-powered pure car and truck carriers from China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing.

CMJL (Nanjing) revealed the new order for two 7,000-ceu LNG dual-fuel PCTCs in a statement on Saturday.

EPS now has 12 LNG-powered PCTS on order at CMJL (Nanjing), and it just took delivery of the third vessel from the yard.

The shipbuilder said it has delivered on January 25 the LNG-powered PCTC, CMA CGM Monaco, to EPS.

Based on the “good cooperation” between the two firms, EPS placed another order and signed two additional contracts with CMJL (Nanjing), it said.

The shipbuilder did not reveal the delivery dates for the vessels or the price tag of the contract.

Prior to this delivery, EPS welcomed LNG dual-fuel PCTC, Lake Annecy, in its fleet in December and Lake Herman in October, the first LNG-powered PCTC in the fleet of EPS. EPS chartered this PCTC to Japan’s MOL.

Besides LNG dual-fuel capabilities, the vessels feature a shaft generator and shore and battery power, EPS previously said.

The dual-fuel PCTCs have a length of 199.9 meters and a width of 38 meters, and they have a designed speed of 19.5 knots and 12 cargo decks in total.

Also, the car carriers feature two 2,000-cbm LNG storage tanks.

Besides China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing, EPS has more LNG dual-fuel PCTCs with a capacity of 7,000 ceu on order in China.

China Merchants Jinling Shipyard in Weihai is also building six LNG-powered PCTCs for EPS.

In December, CMJL (Weihai) delivered the first LNG dual-fuel PCTC, CMA CGM Indianapolis, to EPS.

This is also the first of four vessels CMA CGM’s unit CEVA Logistics will use as part of a charter deal.

VesselsValue data shows that China Merchants yards will deliver these PCTCs between 2024 and 2026.

The data also suggests that EPS would pay about $80-87 million per ship.

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