Sweden's Wallenius Lines has ordered two post-Panamax car carriers from Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China with an option to build two more.
The ships, scheduled for delivery in 2015 and 2016, will be operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, the company's 50-50 partnership with Norway's Wilh. Wilhelmsen.
“We believe in a strong market for our segment of shipping," said Anders Boman, president of Wallenius Lines.
The vessels will be 200 meters long with a beam width of 36.5 meters and a car-carrying capacity equivalent to 8,000 units. A combination of large capacity, optimized hull design and a number of energy-saving features will ensure the efficient operation and low environmental impact, Wallenius said.
Tianjin Xingang Shipyard is located in Tianjin City and is part of CSIC, the government-owned Northern Shipyard Group of China.
Wallenius's order for the big ships follows the announcement in May by Wilh. Wilhelmsen that it had ordered from Korea's
Hyundai Heavy Industries two post-Panamax ships that would be delivered
in 2014 and 2015. - Chris Dupin