Greek shipowner Neptune Lines led-by Melina Travlos has sealed a deal to order two “next generation vessels” specially designed for its short sea trades, by Fujian Mawei shipyard in China.

The 4200 ceu df pure car truck carriers (PCTC) will be both delivered in 2026 by the Chinese shipyard.

Deltamarin has been chosen as the designer of the ships and will provide Fujian Mawei with engineering services and support in the execution of Neptune Lines newbuilding program.

The new vessels, under the Genesis Project, are the first two of a new series which reflects Neptune’s strategy to supplement its fleet over the next decade, increase relevant cargo capacity by 36% from current core fleet vessels, and reduce emissions.

The ships are dual-fuelled able to utilize LNG or VLSFO, and have hybrid energy systems designed and constructed to use battery installation to supply peak power.

The Greek company founded by Nikos Travlos is expanding its fleet portfolio with more additions.

Last year the company has announced the acquisition of Neptune Tharros (ex Hoegh Maputo) flying the Greek flag, and the addition to the company´s service of Neptune Ethos, a 2011-built sister vessel Greek-flagged also.

Neptune Lines’s CEO Craig Jasienski said “Neptune Lines continues to improve its environmental performance by using the latest advanced technologies, fuels, and scale improvements. We are determined to drive the energy transition of the shipping industry, while remaining committed to providing adaptable and sophisticated solutions to our customers’ needs and reacting swiftly to their demands. We remain dedicated to our mantra of Wake Forward.”