Clarksons looks at car carrier trade trends

car carrier trade trtends

Last week brought a slew of reports about ever larger car carriers being ordered and designed.
What’s all the buzz about? Despite electric vehicle sales disappointing automakers this year, a surge in global demand is still being forecast — and, with it, a surge in demand for car carrier capacity. Forbes has some interesting analysis on what this means for the auto industry. Meantime, for the marine industry, recent car carrier trade trends provide some insights and Clarksons Research’s David...

MacGregor’s equipment for world’s largest zero-carbon ready Aurora-class PCTCs

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has been selected to supply comprehensive packages of RoRo equipment for an additional four multi-fuel and zero-carbon ready Aurora-class pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) for Höegh Autoliners. 

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China Merchants unveils 11,000-CEU PCTC design

How big can car carriers get? As we reported Tuesday, Seaspan Corporation has just ordered six 10,800 CEU (car equivalent unit) capacity pure car truck carriers (PCTCs), with options for four more, at China’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding. Now DNV reports that it has awarded another Chinese yard, China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) Co., Ltd, an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate for an 11,000-CEU PCTC design.

Currently the world’s largest car carrier design, the 234 meter long and...

Seaspan Corporation gets into the PCTC sector, big time

The world’s largest lessor of containerships, Vancouver, B.C., based Seaspan Corporation, is getting into the Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) sector. It has signed an agreement with China’s Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, covering the construction of six 10,800 CEU (car equivalent unit) capacity PCTCs, with options for four additional ships. According to Seaspan, they are largest car carriers under development to date, (by comparison, Höegh Autoliners’ Aurora Class vessels will have a 9,100...

Höegh Autoliners could be bunkering clean ammonia in JAXPORT by 2027

clean ammonia signing picture

Höegh Autoliners and Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation have signed a Letter of Intent to collaborate on the supply and delivery of clean ammonia as a next-generation sustainable maritime fuel for Höegh’s upcoming Aurora Class PCTC vessels. The agreement will see them look into the supply of clean ammonia as a bunker fuel at the ports of Singapore and Jacksonville, Fla. (JAXPORT) from 2027 onwards.

The twelve Aurora Class vessels are set to become the largest and most eco-friendly car carriers ever...

NYK Lines car carrier Galaxy Leader hijacked

The Galaxy Leader, a Bahamas-flag car carrier leased by Japan’s NYK Lines has been hijacked by Iran-affiliated Houthi militia, who described it as “an Israeli ship,” and taken to a Yemeni port. Al Jazeera cites a Houthi spokesman as saying the seizure of the ship was in response to the “heinous acts against our Palestinian brothers in Gaza and the West Bank.”

Video posted on X (formerly Twitter) is said to show the Galaxy Leader entering the port of Hodeidah.

NYK Lines released this statement:


Wallenius Wilhelmsen orders engines for methanol-fueled car carrier quartet

Engine for methanol-fueled car carrier

Not too surprisingly, the series of giant methanol-fueled car carriers that Wallenius Wilhelmsen is building in China (see earlier story) will be powered by MAN B&W ME-LGIM main engines. The Oslo-listed RO/RO specialist has now placed an order with MAN Energy Solutions for the engines for the first four ships, each of which will be powered by an MAN B&W 7S60ME-C10.5-LGIM (-liquid gas injection methanol) dual-fuel engine capable of running on green methanol.

The 9,300 CEU (Car Equivalent Unit)...

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