Norwegian car carrier operator Wallenius Wilhelmsen declares options for next-generation methanol-fuelled and ammonia-ready Shaper Class vessels.

The owner has declared options to build four more Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels at Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu).

Wallenius Wilhelmsen said the 9,300-ceu methanol dual fuel ships will also be ammonia-ready once the fuel is available “in a safe and secure way.”

This latest deal for the so-called “Shaper Class” vessels brings the total number of car carriers currently on order with Jinling Shipyard Jiangsu to eight.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The operator said that the first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026.

The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.

To remind, Wallenius Wilhelmsen issued last August a stock exchange notice detailing a letter of intent (LOI) with China Merchants Jinling Shipyard for four newbuilding’s, plus options for an additional eight vessels.

Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO shipping services, said: “Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey.”