Wallenius exercises options for giant car carrier duo

New ships will be 36.5 m wider than current ships such as Tosca, pictured here New ships will be 36.5 m wider than current ships such as Tosca, pictured here

JANUARY 31, 2013 — The quest for fuel economy means that while cars may be getting smaller, but car carriers are getting larger. In line with this trend, Stockholm, Sweden, headquartered Wallenius Lines has declared an option for two additional Post Panamax vessels to be built at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China for delivery in second and fourth quarter 2016.

The order will add to the two vessels contracted in June 2013 for delivery in 2015 and 2016.

The vessels are designed by Deltamarin of Finland which describes them as highly efficient Ro-Ro Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTC), which are intended for the transportation of rolling cargoes such as cars, trucks and other vehicles as well as High & Heavy (“H&H”) rolling cargoes. The vessels will be 200 m long with a car carrying capacity equivalent to 8,000 cars and a beam of 36.5 m, approximately 4.3 m wider than today’s Panamax car carriers. The vessels are designed to offer improved fuel efficiency and ensure low environmental impact. The hull is optimized for lowest fuel consumption, excellent sea keeping and operability over a worldwide operational profile. Deltamarin says that "special fuel saving devices are also applied to reduce fuel consumption".

“We continue to believe in deep sea transportation of cars and high and heavy equipment”, Anders Boman, President Wallenius Lines says. “These newbuildings feature a combination of large capacity and low fuel consumption. The optimized hull design and a number of energy saving features will ensure efficient operation and low environmental impact.”

Tianjin Xingang Shipyard is located in Tianjin City and is part of CSIC, the government Northern Shipyard Group of China.

The vessels will be operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, owned 50% by Wallenius Lines.

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