Wallenius orders LNG-powered car carriers in China

Swedish shipping company Wallenius Lines has ordered LNG-powered car carriers from Chinese yard CIMC Raffles.

The 2+2+2 contract includes two firm dual-fueled car carriers and four options, according to a statement by CIMC Raffles, part of the CIMC group.

This order adds to the two LNG-powered RoRo vessels CIMC Raffles is already building for Wallenius SOL, a joint venture of Wallenius Lines and Swedish Orient Linien.

Wallenius SOL orders LNG-powered car carriers in China
Image: CIMC Raffles

The new Knud E. Hansen-designed vessels would have a total car capacity of 6,500 units, CIMC Raffles said.

Moreover, the ships will be 200 meters long and 37 meters wide, and they will feature type C LNG tanks.

The Chinese yard did not reveal the delivery dates or the price tag of the vessels, but shipbuilding sources told LNG Prime that Wallenius would pay about $71 million per vessel.

Besides these LNG-powered ships at CIMC Raffles, Wallenius has three hybrid LNG-powered pure truck and car carriers on order at China’s Jiangnan Shipyard.

These vessels will work for Norway-based United European Car Carriers, a joint venture of NYK and Wallenius. UECC already operates two LNG-powered PCTCs but these ships do not feature battery power.

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