Wallenius Wilhelmsen firms up order for methanol-capable and ammonia-ready newbuilds

Norway’s car carrier operator Wallenius Wilhelmsen has signed the shipbuilding contracts for the recently declared options for four 9,300 ceu vessels at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard.

The giant shipowner on Monday said that in connection with the contract signing, Wallenius Wilhelmsen has been awarded four additional options at the shipyard.

The new optional vessels have earlier delivery slots compared to the options already held, providing further flexibility in delivery timing.

Consequently, Wallenius Wilhelmsen now has firm contracts for eight new vessels with delivery from mid-2026 onwards, and eight optional vessels.

As it is reported, the company has not made any decision regarding whether to declare any additional optional vessels, and as it is mentioned by Wallenius Wilhelmsen “the four new options do not necessarily represent an increased ambition for the current newbuilding programme.”

Last month the owner announced that it has declared options to build four more Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels at Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu).

The 9,300 ceu methanol dual fuel vessels can utilize alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery.

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.”

Source: Wallenius Wilhelmsen.