Pacific International Lines (PIL) has announced the award of a contract today to Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) to construct four 14,000 TEU container vessels. The vessels will be equipped with dual-fuel engines and auxiliaries, which can run on both Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) or low sulphur fuel oil.
The four vessels will be delivered progressively from 2H 2024 through to 1H 2025. When delivered, the vessels will become the largest container vessels in PIL’s fleet and the first vessels in the fleet to run on LNG.
Mr. Lars Kastrup, Co-President and Executive Director, PIL, said, “This contract to build the four 14,000 TEU LNG dual-fuelled vessels marks our plan to continue optimising our fleet to serve our customers in our key markets. At the same time, it is aligned with our total commitment to reducing PIL’s carbon emissions by tapping on the latest technologies available. The LNG option represents an important step in PIL’s decarbonisation journey. As BioLNG and e-Methane, as well as other technology solutions, mature, we aspire to continue to be at the forefront of these developments to achieve the zero-emission target.”
To further demonstrate PIL’s commitment to meeting the industry’s environmental goals, the four vessels will be equipped with an ammonia intermediate ready fuel tank which makes it possible to retrofit the vessels to run on ammonia when the technology is commercially available.
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