Wallenius takes delivery of LNG-powered car carrier chartered by Volkswagen

Sweden’s Wallenius Marine, part of Soya, has taken delivery of the first of two LNG-powered car carriers it chartered to German giant Volkswagen. China’s CIMC Raffles built the vessel.

Wallenius Marine announced the delivery of the car carrier, Future Way, in a social media post on Monday.

The 200 meters long and 37 meters wide vessel has a capacity of 6,500 ceu.

Also, it is powered by a MAN ME-GI main engine and features an aerodynamically optimized bow that reduces wind resistance.

MAN Cryo, a unit of Germany’s MAN Energy Solutions, won a contract to deliver its fuel gas supply systems for the two LNG-powered PCTCs.

Each vessel features one LNG storage tank with a capacity of 2,300 cbm, MAN Cryo said.

In 2021, Wallenius Marine and Volkswagen entered a partnership and signed a contract for two multi-fuel vessels with the ability to carry 6,500 cars each.

Wallenius ordered the Knud E. Hansen-designed vessels at CIMC Raffles, part of CIMC, and the 2+2+2 contract included two firm dual-fueled car carriers but also four options.

The Swedish firm said it expects to take delivery of the sister ship, Way Forward, in a “few months”, adding that will be responsible for ship management.

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