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Editor in chief: Angelo Scorza
29/04/19 11:36

A new shipping company sails in North Europe

Swedish shipowners Wallenius and SOL joined forces to strengthen the infrastructure for the needs of Finnish and Swedish forestry products industry

Swedish maritime groups Wallenius Lines and  Svenska Orient Linien (SOL) have set up a new joint venture shipping company, aimed at strengthening the infrastructure for the needs of Finnish and Swedish forestry products industry.

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

The first customers to sign long-term agreements are Stora Enso and Metsä Board.

Specially designed vessels built to Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super will ensure year-round service, even in the the Gulf of Bothnia, operating from 5 ports with regular calls to the continent and the UK, to offer cost-efficient, operationally efficient and sustainable transports to the forest industry and other customers.

The fleet in service in the Baltic Sea will initially consist of 5 vessels; 4 new vessels are ordered and delivery of the new vessels are planned for 2021, they will be LNG-powered and will also have other features that make these vessels the most environmentally efficient vessels in the area.

Wallenius has experience from industrial shipping, shipowning, shipbuilding and shipmanagement. SOL brings logistics know how from forest industry and other cargo in this geographical area.



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The newbuilding Traviata has entered the fleet of WWL Wallenius Wilhelmsen, replacing older tonnage to increase overall tonnage efficiency, improving consumption by 15%, resulting in considerably reduced emission levels compared to similar vessels.

The 8,000 CEUs PCTC pure car truck carrier is the second of four HERO class post-panamax sisterships: with capacity of 8,000 cars, the cargo hold has been arranged with electrically hoistable deck panels, allowing for fast, safe and flexible operations to cater for variations in the cargo mix.

Elder sister vessel Titus was delivered in June 2018, while the third is scheduled for delivery later this year, and the fourth in early 2020. The first two are the first large PCTCs built at CSIC Xingang and first Chinese-built vessels of this size in the WWL Ocean fleet.

On her maiden voyage the Traviata’s first ports of call will be in Japan, from where she will be sailing the Asia-North America trade.

The HERO class is aimed at reducing energy consumption by dramatically improving cargo to ballast ratio; as the increased beam (36.5m) provides better stability, there is less need for ballast water. Also, extensive model testing has been performed to optimize the hull in order to diminish drag and wave resistance, improving fuel efficiency, while the engine has been tuned for low-load operation to reduce fuel consumption. Finally, the vessel is ahead of IMO 2020 Sulphur implementation, its bunker system can operate on different bunker qualities and segregations.