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 and truck carriers (PCTC)

Deltamarin recently the completed conceptual design of the ship. 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 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.

HLPFI reported last week that the first two Aurora-class vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2024, with two more lined up for the first half of 2025. HöeghAutoliners has options for another eight.