Wallenius Wilhelmsen Expands Fleet with Methanol Dual Fuel Vessels

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Norway’s prominent car carrier operator, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, has solidified its commitment to sustainability and expansion with the signing of shipbuilding contracts for four additional 9,300 CEU vessels at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard.

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In a strategic move aimed at bolstering its fleet capabilities, Wallenius Wilhelmsen announced the signing of contracts for four 9,300 CEU vessels at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard. The company further revealed that, in conjunction with these agreements, they have secured options for four additional vessels at the shipyard.

The decision to exercise these options underscores Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s forward-thinking approach, as the newly secured vessels boast earlier delivery slots, providing the company with increased flexibility in managing delivery schedules. With these developments, the company now boasts firm contracts for eight new vessels, set to commence delivery from mid-2026 onwards, alongside eight optional vessels.

Notably, Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s recent endeavors align with its commitment to sustainable shipping practices. Last month, the company declared options to construct four additional Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels at Jinling Shipyard.

The 9,300 CEU vessels, equipped with methanol dual fuel capabilities, signify a significant leap towards greener maritime operations. These vessels are poised to utilize alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery, marking a substantial reduction in carbon emissions. Moreover, Wallenius Wilhelmsen has affirmed its readiness for future advancements in sustainable fuels, stating that the vessels will be ammonia-ready once this alternative fuel becomes available in a safe and secure manner.

While the recent announcement highlights Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s progressive stance towards environmental responsibility, the company maintains that the addition of four new options does not necessarily signify an increased ambition for its current newbuilding program. As the industry continues to navigate evolving market dynamics and sustainability imperatives, Wallenius Wilhelmsen remains committed to strategic growth while prioritizing eco-friendly practices.

The expansion of Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s fleet with advanced methanol dual fuel vessels not only underscores the company’s commitment to sustainability but also positions it at the forefront of innovation within the maritime sector. With a focus on efficiency, flexibility, and environmental stewardship, Wallenius Wilhelmsen continues to set new benchmarks for sustainable shipping practices, charting a course towards a greener future for the global maritime industry.

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