Roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) shipping specialist, Wallenius Wilhelmson, has signed a letter of intent for the delivery of four 9 350 CEU methanol-capable and ammonia-ready vessels, to be delivered from mid-2026 and onwards by Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu).
It has also finalised individual options for an additional eight vessels.
“We are securing our position as our customers’ first choice in shipping and delivering on our strategy to provide a net-zero emission-free end-to-end service by 2027,” says executive vice-president and chief operations officer for Shipping Services at the ro-ro, Xavier Leroi.
He said all Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s new investments will contribute to the line’s net-zero agenda for the future.
As a result, the vessel class will be named “The Shaper Class,” showing the company’s commitment to its ESG ambitions.
Wallenius Wilhelmson has a strategy to maintain a fleet of 125-135 vessels.
New vessels are an integral part of its fleet strategy, and the key to getting to net-zero emissions.
“We believe that methanol is the fastest way to net-zero emission.
“The vessels will also be ammonia-ready and can be converted as soon as green ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way,” says Leroi.