January 29 - Wallenius Lines, 50 percent owner of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), has declared an option for two post-Panamax vessels to be built at the Tianjin Xingang Shipyard for delivery in the second and fourth quarter of 2016.

The vessels will be 200 m long with a car carrying capacity equivalent to 8,000 cars, and a beam of 36.5 m.

The order will add to the two vessels contracted in June 2013 for delivery in 2015 and 2016.

"These post-Panamax vessels are designed to meet customer demands for capacity as well as quality and efficiency in both handling and operation," said Fridtjof Naess, chief operating officer of ocean services at WWL.

"This generation of vessels will feature optimised hull design and a number of energy saving solutions to ensure efficient operation," added Naess.