These post-Panamax vessels are designed to meet customers' demands for capacity as well quality and efficiency.
Wallenius Lines, 50 per cent owner of WWL, has declared an option for two additional post-Panamax vessels to be built at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China for delivery in Q2 and Q4 2016. The order will add to the two vessels contracted in June 2013 for delivery in 2015 and 2016.
The vessels will be 200 metres long with a car carrying capacity equivalent to 8,000 cars, and a beam of 36.5 metres, approximately 4.3 metres wider than today’s Panamax car carriers.
“These post-Panamax vessels are designed to meet customers' demands for capacity as well quality and efficiency in both handling and operation,” says Fridtjof Naess, COO Ocean for WWL.
This order follows previously announced orders from Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA, also 50 per cent owner of WWL, for four post-Panamax vessels to be built by Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries.
“We continue on our quest to continuously reduce our environmental impact, and this generation of vessels will feature optimised hull design and a number of energy saving solutions to ensure efficient operation,” says Naess.