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An illustration of Deltamarin's 11,000 CEU car carrier design

An illustration of Deltamarin's 11,000 CEU car carrier design. Image courtesy Deltamarin

World’s Largest Car Carrier Design Receives Approval in Principle

Mike Schuler
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December 7, 2023

Naval architecture firm Deltamarin has received Approval in Principle (AiP) from DNV for the design of a 11,000 CEU pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs), making them the largest vessels to date in the car carrier market.

The LNG-powered vessel features high energy efficiency, excellent EEDI performance, and innovative features such as solar panels, waste heat recovery, and air lubrication.

Deltamarin, which is a part of China Merchants Group, and China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) have been collaborating on the development of a new PCTC design.

The capacity of car carriers seems to be ever-growing at the moment. The current largest PCTCs are Hoegh Autoliners’ Horizon-class with 8,500 CEU capacity, but they will soon be surpassed by the company’s new Aurora class with 9,100 CEU capacity.

Also, this week Seaspan Corporation ordered a series of PCTCs with a capacity of 10,800 CEUs with deliveries starting in 2027, marking the containership lessor’s entry into the car carrier market. The ships will be under long-term charter to Hyundai Glovis.

The new ships are being introduced at a time when the industry is facing scrutiny over safety following several high-profile fires involving PCTCs and increased demand for the transportation of electric vehicles.

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