China Merchants Industry Weihai Jinling and the world’s third largest car carrier owner Gram Car Carriers (GCC) officially signed a total of 8 car carrier construction contracts.
On May 16, Weihai Jinling and Global Auto Carriers, a subsidiary of Norwegian shipowner Gram Car Carriers (hereinafter referred to as “GCC“), signed a contract for the construction of a 4+2+2 7000-vehicle car carrier through the video “Cloud Signing”. Georg A.Whist, CEO of GCC, Wu Sichuan, Deputy General Manager of China Merchants Industry, Zheng Hehui, Secretary of the Party Committee and General Manager of Weihai Jinling, and Liu Xinnan, Deputy General Manager attended the signing ceremony.
Zheng Hehui thanked Georg A. Whist and his team for their high trust and support to Wei hai Jinling and said that the company is accelerating the transformation and upgrading of product structure in parallel with construction and repair, and steadily developing ships and offshore engineering repairs by improving and strengthening the construction of high-end passenger ships and PCTC ships. business. After the signing of this contract, we will cooperate with shipowners, design institutes, and classification societies to ensure scientific organization and careful planning to ensure the delivery of high-quality and efficient ships on schedule. It is hoped that the two parties will further strengthen cooperation through this project, achieve a win-win situation, and enhance the company’s overall strength. , laying the foundation for the transformation and upgrading of high-end manufacturing.
Georg A.Whist expressed his great honor to cooperate with Weihai Jinling. Through this cooperation, the two parties will further enhance their high-quality shipbuilding capabilities, which also marks the establishment of a long-term partnership between the two parties. It is hoped that in the near future, the two parties can have face-to-face exchanges, are committed to providing better services to customers, and lead the way in the green, environmentally friendly, and low-carbon development of the industry.
Wu Sichuan said in his speech that this project is the second cooperation between China Merchants Industry and Gram Group, and he thanked Gram for its trust and support of China Merchants Industry. The signing of the Gram 7000CEU PCTC project has once again enhanced the brand awareness of “China Merchants Jinling” for special ship manufacturing, making Weihai Jinling a solid step in the transformation and upgrading of high-end manufacturing. At the same time, the project carries the deep integration of Chinese and Western cultures, and will surely become a link between China Merchants Industry and Gram, as well as China and Europe. It is hoped that through the joint efforts of the two parties, more opportunities for exchanges and cooperation will be established.
Weihai Jinling and GCC officially signed the construction contract for 8 car carriers.
This series of dual-fuel vehicle transport ships is 199.9 meters long, 38 meters wide, with a design draft of 8.6 meters, a gross tonnage of about 69,000 tons, a design speed of 19.0 knots, 12 vehicle decks, a high-pressure dual-fuel main engine, and two about 1,700 cubic meters The C-type LNG gas storage tank has the characteristics and advantages of economical environmental protection, safety, intelligence, and high efficiency, nitrogen oxides meet the requirements of Tier III emission standards of the International Maritime Organization, and the energy efficiency design index (EEDI) meets the requirements of the third stage, and is listed in DNV. This series of ships is independently designed by Shanghai Ship Research and Design Institute (SDARI), adding design contents such as safety, network security, and port noise control for loading new energy vehicles on the whole ship, and Ammonia Ready as a design option, in order to meet the requirements of the “carbon peak, carbon neutral” strategic goal.
According to the plan, the first ship of this series will start construction in the third quarter of 2024 and be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2025. The first four new ships are expected to be delivered between 2025 and 2026. Three ships are expected to be delivered in 2027 after the alternative ships come into effect, and one more will be delivered in 2028.
This project is another major breakthrough in the field of car carrier construction since Weihai Jinling signed a construction contract for six 7000-vehicle projects with Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS), a Singaporean shipowner, last year, and is another milestone in the company’s product structure transformation and upgrading process. products, further enhancing the company’s competitiveness in the international ro-ro market.
It is understood that GCC is a company headquartered in Oslo, the capital of Norway. It has been established for 40 years. Its operation management company is located in Singapore. Its fleet now operates 22 ships. It is the third largest supplier of automobile transportation companies in the world. A trusted provider of marine and logistics solutions, GCC provides safe, efficient, and on-time vehicle shipments to a customer network of major global and regional car carrier operators.
Previously, GCC announced in April that it would establish a new company, Global Auto Carriers (GAC), as the buyer to sign a construction contract for 4+2+2 dual-fuel vehicle carriers with 7,000 parking spaces in Weihai Jinling. This is the first time GCC has placed an order in the past decade.
Clarkson‘s data shows that the last time GCC ordered a new ship was in 2012 when the company ordered 2+2+2 6,700-car space car carriers at the Changhang Heavy Industry Jinling Shipyard (now China Merchants Industry Nanjing Jinling). In 2014, the first 2 alternative orders took effect, and the last 2 alternative orders did not take effect. In 2015, Jinling Shipyard delivered the first ship “Viking Adventure” built for GCC, which was the largest car carrier built and delivered by a Chinese shipyard at that time.
In addition to the latest orders from GCC, the number of orders for Weihai Jinling car carriers has now reached 14, ranking first in the world.
招商工业威海金陵与全球第三大汽车运输船船东Gram Car Carriers（GCC）正式签署总计8艘汽车运输船建造合同，汽车运输船手持订单量跃居全球第一。
5月16日，威海金陵与挪威船东Gram Car Carriers（以下简称“GCC”）旗下公司Global Auto Carriers通过视频“云签约”的形式签订4+2+2艘7000车汽车运输船建造项目合同。GCC 首席执行官Georg A.Whist，招商工业副总经理吴四川，威海金陵党委书记、总经理郑和辉，副总经理刘鑫男等出席签约仪式。
吴四川在致辞中表示，该项目是招商工业与Gram集团的第二次合作，感谢Gram公司对招商工业的信任和支持。Gram 7000CEU PCTC项目的签约，再次提升特种船舶制造“招商金陵”的品牌知名度，使威海金陵向高端制造转型升级迈出坚实一步。同时，该项目承载着中西方文化的深入融合，必将成为拉近招商工业与Gram乃至中国与欧洲的纽带，希望通过双方的通力合作，建立起更多交流合作的机会。
该系列双燃料汽车运输船长199.9米，宽38米，设计吃水8.6米，总吨位约69000吨，设计航速19.0节，设有12层车辆甲板，采用高压双燃料主机，配备两个约1700立方米的C型LNG储气罐，具有经济环保、安全、智能、高效等特点及优势，氮氧化物满足国际海事组织Tier III排放标准要求，能效设计指数（EEDI）满足第三阶段的要求，入DNV。该系列船由上海船舶研究设计院（SDARI）自主设计，增加全船装载新能源车的安全性、网络安全及港口噪声控制等设计内容，并将氨燃料预留（Ammonia Ready）作为设计可选项，以符合“碳达峰、碳中和”战略目标要求。
该项目系威海金陵自去年与新加坡船东Eastern Pacific Shipping（EPS）签订6艘7000车项目建造合同后，在汽车运输船建造领域的又一次重大突破，是公司产品结构转型升级进程中又一里程碑产品，进一步提升了公司在国际滚装船市场的竞争力。
此前，GCC在4月发布公告称，将成立新公司Global Auto Carriers（GAC）作为买方与威海金陵签署4+2+2艘7000车位双燃料汽车运输船建造合同。这是GCC在过去近十年来首次下单订船。