Deltamarin has signed an agreement with China Merchants Industry (Jiangsu) for the design and engineering of the new series of Höegh Autoliners Aurora class pure car & truck carriers (PCTCs).
The Aurora class ships are expected to be the world’s largest and most environmentally friendly car carriers ever built. The ships will be powered by marine gas oil (MGO) and LNG and prepared with readiness for operation on zero carbon fuels such as ammonia or methanol once these become more widely available. Several other features are also included in the design to minimise the environmental footprint of the ships.
The new vessels will be built by China Merchants Industry (Jiangsu) shipyard in Haimen. The engineering contract signed with the builder, CMI Jiangsu shipyard, is a direct continuation of the work and includes complete basic and detail design of the vessels.
The work will be carried out at Deltamarin’s offices in Finland, Poland and China and will have a significant impact on Deltamarin Group’s workload. The project will start immediately and continue until the delivery of the first vessel in the second half of 2024.
Andreas Enger, the CEO of Höegh Autoliners said: “We are excited to partner with Deltamarin and China Merchants Industry to secure the delivery of the world’s largest and most environmentally friendly PCTC vessels already by 2024. The zero carbon ready Aurora class represents the future of our business and together with our trusted partners, we will make a significant contribution to a more sustainable maritime industry.”