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An illustration of Wallenius Wilhelmsen's "The Shaper Class" pure car and truck carriers. Illustration courtesy Wallenius Wilhelmsen

An illustration of Wallenius Wilhelmsen's "The Shaper Class" pure car and truck carriers. Illustration courtesy Wallenius Wilhelmsen

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Orders Four More ‘Shaper Class’ PCTCs

Mike Schuler
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May 29, 2024

Oslo-based roll-on/roll-off shipping company, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, has placed orders for four more “Shaper class” vessels.

With these new additions, Wallenius Wilhelmsen now holds firm contracts for a total of twelve next-generation Shaper class vessels, marking a significant expansion of its fleet. At 9,300 CEU capacity, the Shaper class will rank among the world’s largest Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC). The dual fuel vessels are also designed to be “methanol-capable and ammonia-ready”.

The latest order, announced on May 25, stems from the declared options the company secured in March with China Merchants Jingling Shipyard Co., Ltd.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen has the option to build four more vessels. However, the company clarified that the options secured on March 25 do not necessarily indicate an increased ambition for the current newbuilding program to exceed the twelve vessels initially announced in August 2023.

Delivery for the latest four vessels will take place in late 2027 or early 2028.

The company expects the first four vessels to be delivered in the second half of 2026, followed by the second set of four vessels between May and November 2027.

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