Japan inks order for two PCTCs

13 Oct 2010
‘Toreador’, a sistership to the two recently ordered newbuildings

‘Toreador’, a sistership to the two recently ordered newbuildings

Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA (WWASA) and Wallenius Lines have ordered two new pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). WWASA will take delivery of the first vessel in 2012.

“We continuously evaluate the group’s tonnage situation, seeking an optimal fleet,” says Jan Eyvin Wang, president and CEO of WWASA. “These vessels are purposely built for the mix of cargo transported by our operating companies and have an efficient design supporting optimum cargo handling and efficient energy consumption.”

“As a market leader within the rolling cargo segment, it is important for us to position ourselves for future growth,” says Wang. “Volumes continue to pick up, albeit from a low level. The newbuildings will secure a high level of service to our customers going forward.”

WWASA and Wallenius will each receive one of the newbuildings with a capacity to transport 6,459 car equivalent units. The two newbuildings will be sister vessels of ten PCTCs delivered from MHI in the period 2004-2009.

“We have a long and successful cooperation with MHI, having built more than 20 vessels over the last 40 years. In addition to the newly ordered PCTCs, WWASA will receive two ro-ro vessels from MHI, one in 2011 and one in 2012.”

As of 30 September, WWASA and partners control a fleet of 125 car carriers and ro-ro vessels and the order book for the group of companies currently comprises 20 vessels to be delivered through 2012.

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