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China: SWS wins ammonia-ready PCTC order from Grimaldi

17 Jan 2023

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (SWS) on Sunday (15 January) said Grimaldi Group subsidiary Grimaldi Euromed has ordered five ammonia-ready pure car truck carriers (PCTCs) in China.

SWS and its sister company China Shipbuilding Trading Company Limited (CSTC), two subsidiaries of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), signed a shipbuilding contract to build five 9,000 CEU PCTCs with Grimaldi subsidiary Grimaldi Euromed via a video conference recently. 

The vessel is designed by Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI). With a length of 200 meters, a width of 38 meters and loading capacity of 9,000 CEU(Car Equivalent Unit), the newbuildings have been designed to transport electric and fossil fuel vehicles as well as other types of heavy rolling freight (up to 250 tonnes). 

The PCTCs will be equipped with a new type of electronic engine that has lower power consumption. In addition, the new vessels will have the Ammonia Ready class notation provided by classification society RINA, which certifies that they may be converted for the use of ammonia as an alternative, zero-carbon bunker fuel. 

They will also be designed for cold ironing enabling the ship to plug into shoreside supply of electricity, where available, during port stays.

According to several other media, the new order is Grimaldi’s second order for ammonia-ready PCTC vessels in the past few months. 

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.


Photo credit: Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding
Published: 17 January, 2023

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