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Höegh Autoliners adds 4 multi-fuel car carriers at China Merchants Heavy Industry

Image: Hoegh Autoliners Hoegh-Autoliners-Aurora Class
Norwegian shipping line Höegh Autoliners exercised option four multi-fuel and zero-carbon ready car carriers at China Merchants Heavy Industry (Jiangsu).

The four Aurora class car carriers will be constructed by China Merchants’ shipyard in Haimen, Jiangsu province, lifting the number of total newbuild vessels at China Merchants Heavy Industry to 12.

Höegh Autoliners also has an option to build another four vessels, as well as reservation for additional four vessels.

Designed by Deltamarin, with 9,100 car equivalent unit capacity, the Auroras will be the biggest and most environmentally friendly PCTC vessels ever built. It will be the first in the PCTC segment to receive DNV’s ammonia and methanol-ready notations with the main engine provided by MAN and the bridge system supplied by Kongsberg Maritime.

The first vessel is scheduled to be delivered in July 2024.