, a part of Aker Yards, has signed a Letter of Intent with the Swedish
B & N Nordsjöfrakt for building three container carriers. The contract, worth in all approx. EUR 150 million, implies about 1,000 man-years of work. All three vessels are planned for delivery in 2006.
"We are delighted to have signed this Letter of Intent", says Jyrki Heinimaa, President of Aker Finnyards in Rauma. "These vessels will sail in heavy ice conditions during the wintertime, and Aker Yards has significant knowledge in icegoing technology, having built all of the world's three multipurpose icebreakers", Heinimaa adds.
The container carriers are intended to operate on the Gulf of Bothnia, between Kemi and Oulu in Finland and Gothenburg in Sweden. B & N and Stora Enso intend to enter into a 15 years charter agreement
for the vessels to be carrying special SECU containers (StoraEnso Container Unit).
The 15,000 dwt vessels
will be 188 m long, 26 m wide and can take 155 special size containers each.