Wallenius Wilhelmsen inks shipbuilding contracts for additional methanol dual-fuel PCTCs; secures four new options

Wallenius Wilhelmsen has announced that it has today (25 March) signed shipbuilding contracts for the recently declared options for four methanol dual-fuel, ammonia-ready vessels at China Merchants Jinling Shipyard Co., Ltd.

As previously reported,in August, the Group signed a Letter of Intent for four 9,350 CEU (car equivalent unit) ‘Shaper Class’ pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) – and last month announced it had declared options to build four additional vessels.

In connection with today’s contract signing, Wallenius Wilhelmsen also announced it 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,’ the company said in a statement today. ‘Consequently, Wallenius Wilhelmsen now has firm contracts for eight new vessels with delivery from mid-2026 onwards, and eight optional vessels.’

Wallenius Wilhelmsen added: ‘The company has not made any decision regarding whether to declare any additional optional vessels, and the four new options do not necessarily represent an increased ambition for the current newbuilding programme.’

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Rhys Berry