June 26 - Sweden headquartered shipping line Wallenius Lines and Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China have signed a contract to build two post-Panamax car carrier vessels, scheduled for delivery in 2015 and 2016.

Wallenius Lines specialises in global car and truck transportation and according to Anders Boman, president, Wallenius Lines: "We believe in a strong market for our segment of shipping, and are pleased to have concluded the negotiations with Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China for two state of the art post-Panamax car carriers with the option to build another two vessels."
Each vessel measures 200 m long with a beam of 36.5 m and a carrying capacity of 8,000 cars.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), which is 50 percent owned by Wallenius Lines, will operate the vessels.

On May 20, 2013, HLPFI reported that Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA (WWASA) - the second 50 percent shareholder in shareholder in WWL - also signed an agreement for two post-Panamax car carriers from South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries, scheduled for delivery in 2014 and 2015 respectively. (http://tinyurl.com/odjnvqo).


WWL's Aniara, a 200 m car carrier delivered in 2008