Norway´s Wallenius Wilhelmsen firms up previously announced letter of intent (LOI) for four newbuilding’s plus options.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen group, a roll-on/roll-off shipping and vehicle logistics specialist, has officially signed the contract with China Merchants Jinling Shipyard, for the construction of four so-called ‘Shaper Class’ vessels, and up to eight optional units of 9,300 ceu class methanol dual fuel pure car and truck carriers.

The Wallenius Wilhelmsen group has contracted Jinling Shipyard to build and deliver the 9,300 ceu eight units from mid-2026.

The contract was signed by Wallenius Wilhelmsen COO of shipping services, Xavier Leroi, and by the deputy general manager of China Merchants Industry Holdings, Tiger Wu.

On 15 August 2023, the company issued 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.

The shipbuilding contract for these vessels was signed today, and the four vessels will be delivered from mid-2026 and onwards.

Lasse Kristoffersen, chief executive and president of Wallenius Wilhelmsen said back in August when the company signed the letter of intent that “As a company, we are determined to shape this industry and lead the way to capitalize effectively on changing circumstances, as we grow with customers and partners sharing our journey.”

Xavier Leroi, Wallenius Wilhelmsen COO of shipping services, commented: “We believe that methanol is the fastest way to net-zero emission, and the ordered vessels can upon delivery use alternative fuel sources such as methanol. The vessels will also be ammonia-ready and can be converted as soon as green ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.”

To remind, Wallenius Wilhelmsen signed a letter of intent in August for the delivery of four 9,350 ceu methanol-capable and ammonia-ready vessels, and individual options for an additional eight vessels.