PIL expands green fleet with 8,000 TEU LNG vessels


Pacific International Lines (PIL) has awarded a contract to Yangzijiang Shipbuilding for the construction of four 8,000 TEU Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) dual-fuel container vessels.

These vessels will each be equipped with an ammonia intermediate ready fuel tank.

The four vessels will be delivered progressively in 2025.

This contract award follows PIL’s earlier contract to build four 14,000 TEU LNG dual fuel vessels announced in March this year.

“We have decided to place an order for an additional four 8,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel vessels for two key reasons,” said Lars Kastrup, CEO, PIL.

“Firstly, this is part of our ongoing efforts to optimise and renew our assets for greater operational efficiency. The new vessels will complement our existing fleet and support us in the enhancement of our connectivity to better meet the needs of our customers worldwide.

“Secondly, we have identified LNG as a commercially viable transition fuel solution and the new vessels, which will once again be LNG dual-fuel and ammonia ready, will contribute towards achieving our decarbonisation goal of attaining net zero carbon emission by 2050.”

The Board of Directors of Pacific International Lines (PIL) recently appointed Lars Kastrup as CEO to step in and lead the company in its path towards net zero carbon emissions.

Formerly Co-President and Executive Director since March 2021, Kastrup will step in after holding leadership positions including CEO of NOL/APL and various senior positions in CMA CGM and Maersk.

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