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CIMC Raffles to build up to 6 LNG-fueled car carriers for Wallenius

Written by Nick Blenkey
Car carrier vessel to to be built by CIMC Raffles

Car carrier concept design is by Knud E, Hansen

Chinese shipbuilder CIMC Raffles reports that, on June 30, it signed a contract with Wallenius for two next generation low emission, 6,500 car capacity, pure car carriers. The contract includes two options, each for a further two ships.

The Swedish flagged vessels will measure 200 meters long by 37 meters wide and will have a service speed of 19 knots. They will be built at to a concept developed by Danish naval architect firm Knud E. Hansen, which will continue with the basic design in cooperation with CIMC Offshore Engineering Institute (OEI). The detailed engineering and shop engineering will be executed by CIMC Raffles OEI while the production of the vessels will be carried out at the CIMC Raffles Longkou shipyard in Yantai, China.

CIMC says the Longkhou yard is equipped the first Laser-plus arc welding system and smart production line in China as well as smart production line in China.

The vessels will each be equipped with one Type C LNG tank and related fuel gas supply system.

Two months ago, CIMC Raffles was contracted two build a series of LNG powered Mega RO,RO vessels for Wallenius SOL and the shipyard’s project team has been working closely with the Wallenius project and site team under the challenge of the global pandemic.

“While cooperating on that project,” says CIMC Raffles, “the professionalism of both parties has enhanced mutual trust, establishing the foundation of the new cooperation.

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