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CIMC RAFFLES TO BUILD NEXT GENERATION LNG WALLENIUS CAR CARRIERS

CIMC RAFFLES TO BUILD NEXT GENERATION LNG WALLENIUS CAR CARRIERS

Monday, July 12, 2021 

Chinese yard CIMC Raffles has signed a contract with Wallenius for up to six Next Generation Low Emission 6500 CEU Pure Car Carrier (PCC) ships, two firm orders plus two options for further pairs of vessels.

This is the second time both companies are cooperating after previous good cooperation. This new series of vessels will be constructed in the Longkou yard in Yantai, which is equipped with Laser-plus Arc welding systems as well as a smart production line.

The vessel concept was developed by Danish Naval Architect Knud E Hansen, which will continue with the basic design by cooperating with CIMC Offshore Engineering Institute (OEI). The detailed engineering and shop engineering will be executed by CIMC Raffles OEI. The vessels will be Swedish flagged, 200m long, 37m wide with 19 knots speed, equipped with one Type C LNG tank and related fuel gas supply system.

In the 1960s, Wallenius pioneered the ro-ro concept, and retains a strong position in the international car carrier and ro-ro segment. Two years ago, CIMC Raffles contracted a series of LNG powered mega-ro-ro vessels for Wallenius SOL of Stockholm, Sweden. During the construction process, CIMC Raffles project team has been working closely with Wallenius under the challenge of the global pandemic.

Kleberg Jonas, Wallenius Lines chairman and CEO, said: “Today is a big day for Wallenius as we confirmed our Next Generation Low Emission Car Carriers. Wallenius is always committed to work with a premium and long-term partner, and we believe CIMC Raffles is our optimal selection. For now, we are also continuously working to develop innovative ship design concept and logistic solutions together with our partners to lead industry and maintain our strong market position.”

CIMC Raffles president and CEO Wang Jianzhong said: “Global emission cut and low carbon trend are the new requirement of the clean energy industry. We see that Wallenius is pretty forward-looking by making good use of LNG fuel at the right time with pioneering and innovative green shipping. The strategic vision and sense of social responsibility are admirable. We, CIMC Raffles, are also strong Practitioner with the commitment to design and build various advanced clean energy facilities. We have invested in the world’s most advanced Laser plus Arc welding production line with proven ro-ro vessels’ application and delivery as ro-ro/PCTC vessel is one of key business segments. We intend to work with Wallenius together continuously as their long-term premier engineering and construction base in China, and look froward to being part of the joint force of the global Low Emission and Green Shipping initiative.”

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