Although the coronavirus outbreak closed China’s shipyards for several months earlier this year the CIMC Raffles facility at Yantai has been able to start construction of what will be the world’s largest LNG-fueled ice-classed ro/ro vessels.
To be operated by WALLENIUS SOL, formed last year by Svenska Orient Linien and Wallenius Lines, the twin ships will measure 241.7-meters by 35,2-meters and feature 5,800 lane meters of deck space for vehicles. Both will meet Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A Super requirements and will be equipped with two internally-mounted Type C LNG tanks with a capacity of 685 cubic meters each.
Designed by Denmark’s Knud E. Hansen, the first of the twin 20-knot vessels is to be delivered by August of next year. A further two ships are held on option.