CEVA Logistics has signed a new 10-year lease with its parent company, CMA CGM, to connect its global automotive customers with more Ro-Ro vessel capacity.
The agreement includes four of Eastern Pacific Shipping’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuel hybrid deep-sea vessels that will allow CEVA to transport approximately 140,000 vehicles annually between global markets, especially China and Europe.
The Ro-Ro ships are currently under construction by China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Weihai), with the first vessel expected to be delivered in December and the three subsequent ships coming in 2024.
Under the lease agreement, CEVA Logistics will manage and operate the vessels with full commercial control over the Ro-Ro capacity.
At nearly 200 metres in length, the vessels will each have the capacity to transport 7,000 cars thanks to nearly 59,000 square metres of effective deck surface spread across 12 levels.
With a width of 38 metres, the ships will have a gross tonnage of 72,000 tonnes and move at a max speed of 19.5 knots.
The Ro-Ro vessels’ hybrid power systems will include both LNG and electric battery capabilities.
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The new vessels will enable CEVA to offer its owned, controlled capacity to automotive customers and provide a suite of flexible shipping options and end-to-end services.
CEVA will offer door-to-door solutions, able to take delivery of finished vehicles directly from manufacturing facilities and then manage transport to final destinations around the world through its network of port connections, Ro-Ro capacity, car haulers and vehicle depots.
Ro-Ro services have increased among shipping companies over the last several years.
In March, AD Ports Group announced the launch of a new direct Ro-Ro shipping service between UAE’s Khalifa Port and Kuwait’s Shuwaikh Port.
More recently, HHLA Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) TK Estonia terminal set a new record by welcoming the biggest Ro-Ro vessels to call at the terminal.