Ro/Ro carriers ordering green ships as auto demand rises

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Ocean carriers Grimaldi and United European Car Carriers (UECC) are investing in their roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) fleets, while Wallenius Wilhelmsen (WW) is bringing more of its own ships out of layup to avoid renewing charters at rising rates, amid improving medium-term demand projections. Grimaldi has now added another six ro/ro multipurpose vessels to its orderbook at a total cost of more than $500 million. The organization has signed shipbuilding contracts for 45,684-deadweight ton (dwt) vessels, capable of transporting 4,700 linear meters of rolling freight along with 2,500 car equivalent units (CEU) and 2,000 TEU, with South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. The new ships, set to be delivered between 2023 and 2024, will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 43 percent per ton transported, as compared with the 25-year-old vessels they will be replacing.

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