On 13 April 2019, CIMC Raffles signed an EPC contract for up to four LNG powered MegaRoRo vessels with Wallenius SOL in Stockholm, Sweden.
“This is a great new step forward after securing domestic Bohai Ferry RoRo ships for CIMC Raffles. Through more than half year sufficient communication and technical work workshop, finally CIMC Raffles is chosen as the shipyard for this series vessels with great trust and cooperative support from client side. CIMC Raffles will do our utmost to make a successful project with client and all partners together.” addressed by Li Minggao, Vice President of CIMC Raffles.
The vessel concept was developed by Danish Naval Architect Knud E. Hansen(KEH), one of most professional Naval Architects and engineering companies in the industry, and the basic design will be performed by Knud E. Hansen with participation by OEI (Offshore Engineering Institute) of CIMC Raffles and Basstech(Naval Architect and engineering company in Gothenburg, subsidiary of CIMC Group ) both in Europe and Yantai, China. The detailed engineering and shop engineering will be executed by OEI while the production of the vessels will be performed in the shipyard in Yantai, China.
The vessels classifying by Lloyd’s Register will fly Swedish Flag, are charactered as 241.70m long, 35.20m wide with 5,800 lane meters and 20 knots speed, equipped with two Type C LNG tanks.
To be traded in harsh weather environment European waters up to ice thickness 1.0 m, the vessels will meet Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A Super and winterization requirement. And these series vessels are the world biggest LNG powered and world biggest Ice Class RoRo NBs.
CIMC Raffles, a subsidiary of CIMC Group which is a Shenzhen and HongKong listed worldwide leading supplier of logistics and energy equipment, headquartered in Shenzhen, China, is an EPC company focusing on high-end offshore platforms and vessels as well as marine project. Wallenius is a leading shipping giant in the industry focusing on PCTC/RoRo logistics globally under parent company Soya Group, which is one of biggest Swedish family company headquartered in Stockholm and formed in 1934 with shipping, real estate, stud farm and water purification business. WALLENIUS-SOL is a joint venture shipping company between Wallenius and SOL, another local Swedish shipping company formed in 1911.