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Monday, April 6, 2020 

CIMC Raffles Yantai shipyard in China has cut the first steel for the first of two LNG-fuelled 241.7m ro-ro ships ordered by Wallenius SOL.

Designed by Danish ship design company Knud E Hansen in close cooperation with Wallenius Marine, the four-deck ro-ro vessels will boast a maximum deadweight of 30,000 dwt, with 5,800 lane metres, which the designer says makes them the largest Ice Class ro-ros yet. The first vessel is expected to be delivered in August 2021, with the second to follow later in the year. Wallenius SOL holds an option for two more vessels of the same class.

The vessels will have WinGD 7RT-Flex50DF main engines with an output of 10,080kW, which will give the ships a 20-knot top speed. They will be equipped with two 685m³ Type C LNG tanks.

The ships are being built to Lloyd’s Register IA Super Ice class and will operate under the Swedish Flag. To be operated in harsh weather at ice thickness up to 1.0 m.

“Even though the project execution like technical communication and supply chain negatively influenced by the spreading Coronavirus outbreak, we now formally start the vessel within schedule which provide the solid base of the project’s delivery on time. During the earlier phase of great support and positive cooperation from Owner, Class Society, Design Company and suppliers thoroughly, we all make a good and sufficient constructing preparation under the serious epidemic situation,” said Ni Tao, EVP CIMC Raffles.

The yard says that the start of this project signals its entry into the mainstream international ro-ro market, targeting the higher-end ro-ro and ro-pax business.

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