Vinashin building Norwegian PCTCs

04 Dec 2006

Höegh Autoliners of Norway has entered a long term strategic co-operation with Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (Vinashin) including the construction of four large pure car truck carriers (PCTC) with options for four more. The cooperation provides for technology transfer and includes participation by Det Norske Veritas and the Finnish ship designers, DeltaMarin. The first vessel is scheduled to be delivered in 2009.

The cooperation includes projects with NORAD (The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)), DNV and Höegh Autoliners for the development of Vietnamese shipbuilding industry. "Securing car carrying capacity to serve our customers? growing demand is our first priority," says Thor J?rgen Guttormsen, CEO of Höegh Autoliners. "To develop an alternative source for new car carriers we have entered a long term strategic cooperation with Vinashin. This gives us access to building capacity for car carriers from another source in addition to our existing yard relations. We are pleased that first class companies with extensive Ro/Ro experience will participate in the process to develop a new supplier of car carriers."

Höegh Autoliners has, together with DeltaMarin, developed a new Ro/Ro car carrier design based on state of the art technology and with emphasis on environmental features. "Höegh Autoliners is committed to continuous improvement with regard to environmental performance, and customers are seen to be increasingly aware of environmental aspects," says Thor J?rgen Guttormsen. These Höegh Horizon class PCTCs will have higher cargo capacity than vessels with the same dimensions and can carry about 7,000 car equivalent units. The design is developed to have a reduced negative effect on the environment and includes provisions for the inclusion of new technologies being developed by Höegh.

Main features with an environmental aspect include reduced emissions to air, double set of fuel tanks to provide for low-sulphur fuel, optimal hull design with improved speed and consumption features, electronically controlled engine for low emissions of NOx and SOx, aerodynamically shaped bow section to reduce wind resistance, reduced emissions and ballast water treatment systems. In addition, the newbuildings will have enhanced waste water treatment systems, double hull construction to minimize pollution risk from fuel tanks, encloses bridge wings to enhance operational safety and safer access system for personnel onboard.

The vessels will be constructed with DNV class and be registered in NIS (Norwegian International Ship registry).

"In order to be able to meet the increasing demand for carrying capacity and service scope from our target customers we are looking for alternative sources for the construction of new vessels. We have a need for four to five new car carriers per year going forward, and access to shipyard capacity is a key," says Guttormsen. In November the company announced that it had added two more vessels to its series of newbuildings from Daewoo and currently it is building car carriers at yards in Korea (Daewoo), Philippines (Tsuneishi Cebu) and Croatia (Uljanik) in addition to Vietnam.

"This is a landmark moment for Vinashin. It not only represents the capability of Vinashin to build large vessels, but also represents the rapid expansion of Vinashin in the international market," said Vinashin?s CEO Pham Thanh Binh.

The PCTCs will have a length of 199.8 metres, height of 32.26 metres and cruising speed of 20.5 miles per hour. The first carrier will be delivered in December 2009, with the remainder being delivered six months after that. Vinashin earlier said it finished negotiating shipbuilding contracts with foreign buyers that would generate an estimated $1.5 billion in revenue through 2009.

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