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Singapore-based shipping company Pacific International Lines (PIL Shipping) has placed an order for four dual-fuel LNG containerships at Yangzijiang Shipbuilding in China.
The vessels will have capacity of 8,000 TEU and will be delivered progressively in 2025.
This order follows a previous PIL order announced in March for four 14,000 TEU dual-fuel LNG containerships, which will become the largest in PIL’s fleet and also the first to run on cleaner-burning liquefied natural gas. Those four will delivered in the second half of 2024 through to first half of 2025.
All eight will feature ammonia intermediate-ready fuel tanks which can be retrofitted to run on ammonia when the technology becomes commercially available.
“We have decided to place an order for an additional four 8,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel vessels for two key reasons,” said Lars Kastrup, PIL’s CEO. “Firstly, this is part of our ongoing efforts to optimise and renew our assets for greater operational efficiency. The new vessels will complement our existing fleet and support us in the enhancement of our connectivity to better meet the needs of our customers worldwide. Secondly, we have identified LNG as a commercially viable transition fuel solution and the new vessels, which will once again be LNG dual-fuel and ammonia ready, will contribute towards achieving our decarbonisation goal of attaining net zero carbon emission by 2050.”
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