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Knud E. Hansen Details Design of First Wallenius SOL Vessels

Danish marine consultancy Knud E. Hansen has shared design details of the LNG-powered RoRo vessels that are to be built for the newly-established shipping company Wallenius SOL.

Up to four vessels ordered at Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd., China, will be the first ships the Sweden-based company will operate.

They will transport forestry products and other goods in a network covering the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.

Knud E. Hansen is providing the engineering package for the construction and approval by classification and flag state authorities.

The company said this was the fourth series of ultra-large RoRo vessels designed by Knud E. Hansen since 2016, resulting in more than 20 of these vessels being built in the coming years.

The 1A Super ice-classed vessels will have a length of about 242 meters and a deadweight capacity of about 27,000 tons, making them largest in the class. They will have a beam of 35.2 meters and be capable of achieving speeds of 20 knots.

According to the marine consultancy, the ships will be the first mega RoRos in the world powered by LNG-fueled engines, thus eliminating particle emissions and reducing their carbon footprint while at sea. During port calls, the 5,800 line meter vessels will run on electricity from shore connections or LNG.