PIL said the vessels are scheduled for delivery throughout 2025 and will each be equipped with an "ammonia intermediate ready fuel tank". The specifications of the fuel tank are not clear but the vessels will be LNG dual-fuel and ammonia-ready.
This contract award follows PIL’s earlier contract to build four 14,000teu LNG dual-fuel vessels announced in March this year.
Recently-appointed CEO at PIL, Lars Kastrup, said: “We have decided to place an order for an additional four 8,000 teu LNG dual-fuel vessels for two key reasons. Firstly, this is part of our ongoing efforts to optimise and renew our assets for greater operational efficiency. The new vessels will complement our existing fleet and support us in the enhancement of our connectivity to better meet the needs of our customers worldwide. Secondly, we have identified LNG as a commercially viable transition fuel solution and the new vessels, which will once again be LNG dual-fuel and ammonia ready, will contribute towards achieving our decarbonisation goal of attaining net zero carbon emission by 2050.”
Designed by SDARI, the vessels could be deployed on both feeder service and ocean shipping.