Finnish roro operator Bore has signed shipbuilding contracts with China’s Wuhu Shipyard for the construction of three 7,000 dwt LNG-powered RoLo vessels.
The vessels feature both RoRo and LoLo function to meet the flexible cargo transportation requirements of forest products in different forms. Delivery is expected in 2020 and 2021.
The new vessels will be chartered to Finnish forest product company UPM under a long-term agreement.
“We are pleased that Bore and UPM has agreed on designing and building three RoLo vessels for delivery in 2021 and 2022. For Bore this charter agreement is a major milestone. Together with our customer, the vessels are designed to take our environmental thinking one step further by introducing the LNG engines into our fleet. Also, the special requirements from our customer for their paper product trade have been a driver for the concept. This way of working represents our way of thinking as Your Partner in Shipping,” said Håkan Modig, CEO of Bore.
Bore is part of the Spliethoff Group, and the company’s fleet will reach 11 vessels after the delivery of the three new vessels.