PACIFIC International Lines has awarded a contract to build four 14,000-TEU containerships to Jiangnan Shipyard.

The four vessels, to be delivered progressively from the first half of 2024 through the first half of 2025, will be able to run on both low-sulphur fuel oil and LNG.

PIL co-president and executive director Lars Kastrup 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 to our total commitment to reducing PIL’s carbon emissions by tapping on the latest technologies available.”

Mr Kastrup said 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,” he said.

The four vessels will be equipped with ammonia intermediate-ready fuel tank which makes it possible to retrofit the vessels to run on ammonia when the technology is commercially available.