Wallenius Wilhelmsen signs Letter of Intent for new ‘Shaper Class’ next generation vessels


Wallenius Wilhelmsen has signed a letter of intent for four ‘Shaper Class’ next generation vessels and up to eight optional units of 9,350CEU class methanol dual fuel Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs) with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu). The first vessels will start being delivered from the second half of 2026.
These four vessels have been ordered to use alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and will be able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.
“There is an urgent need for our industry to transform over the next couple of years,” says Lasse Kristoffersen, Wallenius Wilhelmsen CEO. “As a company, we are determined to shape this industry and lead the way to capitalize effectively on changing circumstances, as we grow with customers and partners sharing our journey.”
Lars Ekren, Senior Manager – Newbuildings and Conversions explains: “The process of developing our new design started over 1.5 year ago and the Newbuidlings team have been working in close collaboration with the designer (Delta Marin) and internal & external stakeholders during this period, to ensure the vessel design meets of safety requirements and is well suitable for our future short term & long-term operational needs.
“Energy efficiency & reducing GHG emissions is a top priority, and a lot of effort has put into ensuring the new vessels will significantly contribute to meeting our emission reduction targets.”