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6,550 car capacity PCTC

November 11, 2005

Wilh. Wilhelmsen orders two more PCTC's

Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA (WW) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) have signed a contract for the building of two additional car carriers at MHI's yard in Nagasaki, Japan. The vessels will be delivered in 2008. They will be deployed in the Wallenius Wilhelmsen fleet.

The ships will be sisters of the six state of the art Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC) WW has already ordered at Nagasaki.

The vessels each have a cargo capacity of 6,550 cars. With this agreement, the programme is extended to eight ships.

Three of the vessels have been delivered, MV Torrens, MV Toledo and MV Toronto. Two more ships will be delivered in 2006, a further ship in 2007 and two more in 2008.

The first ship in the series, MV Torrens received an award earlier this year as "a highly optimized PCTC design combining a novel arrangement of the double bottom, fuel tanks and solid ballast with a cargo space which maximizes the cargo capacity and flexibility to carry a wide variety of ro-ro cargo."

Wilh. Wilhelmsen says the PCTCs it is building in Nagasaki are a new generation that are particularly efficient with regards to cargo capacity, cargo handling and fuel consumption.

"WW has a constant need for new tonnage in the years to come. We are very pleased to continue this partnership with MHI," says Ingar Skaug, WW group chief executive officer. "The ships are especially well suited for the cargo-mix our operating companies cater for."