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Wallenius Invests in Four New Methanol-Fuelled Ships with Ammonia Capability
Wallenius Invests in Four New Methanol-Fuelled Ships with Ammonia Capability

Wallenius Invests in Four New Methanol-Fuelled Ships with Ammonia Capability

  • 28-Feb-2024 1:37 PM
  • Journalist: Rene Swann

Wallenius Wilhelmsen, the maritime player based in Norway, has exercised options for the construction of four more environmentally conscious car carriers, specifically designed to be fuelled by methanol and prepared for future conversion to ammonia. This strategic move is part of the ongoing collaboration with Jinling Shipyard and ship designer Deltamarin, showcasing the commitment to sustainable and innovative solutions in the shipping industry.

The vessels in question belong to the Shaper Class, a distinctive category designed to integrate advanced fuel technologies. With this latest declaration, the total number of car carriers under order with Jinling Shipyard now stands at eight. Notably, Wallenius Wilhelmsen still holds options for an additional four vessels, reinforcing its intent to embrace progressive and eco-friendly maritime practices.

This significant development builds upon the agreement forged between Wallenius Wilhelmsen and the Chinese shipyard in August of the previous year, where plans for a dozen of these specialized vessels were initially laid out. The first set of four vessels was officially commissioned in October of the same year, marking the commencement of a transformative phase in the company's fleet.

The emphasis on methanol as a primary fuel source for these vessels is a pragmatic choice, considering its relatively mature technology and availability. However, the foresightedness to prepare these vessels for an eventual transition to ammonia is a testament to Wallenius Wilhelmsen's commitment to staying ahead of the curve. This dual-fuel capability not only ensures compliance with current environmental standards but also positions the vessels to seamlessly transition to alternative fuels as they become viable in a "safe and secure way."

The decision to invest in these advanced vessels is rooted in both environmental consciousness and strategic planning. With the global shipping industry facing increasing scrutiny and regulations related to emissions, Wallenius Wilhelmsen's proactive approach is a proactive response to the evolving landscape. By aligning with the latest technologies and being prepared for future developments, the company is positioning itself as a leader in sustainable maritime transportation.

As Wallenius Wilhelmsen moves forward with these orders, it is not merely acquiring vessels; it is investing in a vision of a cleaner and more sustainable maritime industry. The decision to exercise options for additional vessels reflects confidence in the success of the Shaper Class and a belief in the long-term viability of methanol and ammonia as fuel sources for the shipping sector.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen's commitment to order four more methanol-fuelled, ammonia-ready vessels is a testament to the company's dedication to sustainable and innovative shipping practices. As these vessels join the fleet in the coming years, they represent a tangible step towards a greener and more environmentally conscious maritime industry. This strategic move positions Wallenius Wilhelmsen as a pioneer in embracing advanced fuel technologies and adapting to the evolving landscape of environmental regulations in the shipping sector.

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