Norway-based Höegh Autoliners recently signed a “significant” five-year deal with a leading Asian automaker to transport vehicles from Asia to Europe.
The long-term deal, scheduled to begin in April 2023, marks an important milestone for the roll-on/roll-off shipping company as it continues to focus on nurturing lasting relationships with customers across its key trading networks.
Andreas Enger, CEO of Höegh Autoliners, expressed the company’s commitment to serving the long-term transportation needs of the major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). “This contract validates our strategy of building lasting relationships with customers in our core trading networks. Our top priority is to build a sustainable backlog and allocate a significant portion of our capacity to strategic partnerships,” said Enger.
Enger also highlighted the launch of the environmentally friendly Aurora Class ships in the coming years, which will offer customers a transportation solution with the lowest carbon footprint in the industry.
Höegh Autoliners has made significant strides in decarbonization by building the greenest autoliners yet with the ammonia-enabled Aurora class. The company has signed a contract to deliver the first eight ships in the series by the second half of 2026, beginning in the second half of 2024, marking a crucial step in Höegh Autoliners’ journey to carbon neutrality.
The Aurora-class ships will be the first in the Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) segment to receive DNV’s ammonia and methanol-ready approvals, with MAN Energy Solutions supplying the main engine and Kongsberg Maritime the bridge system. With a capacity of 9,100 car equivalent units (CEU), these ships will be among the largest PCTCs in the world.