Royal Arctic Line (RAL) has re-booted its dormant newbuilding program this week with order for five small ice-classed container ships from Poland’s Remontowa shipyard.
Back in early 2011, RAL had already placed orders for five new vessels with P&S Werften. Originally scheduled for delivery in 2012, these ships fell victim of the German shipbuilder’s bankruptcy. While initially trying to arrange delivery at a later date, RAL eventually canceled the orders as problems with P&S mounted.
Remontowa will now build one 606 teu vessel for RAL’s international services, as well as two 100 teu ships and two 30 teu ships for the carrier’s coastal routes.
The 606 teu unit will be a sister of the MARY ARCTICA and it will replace the 1984-built ARINA ARCTICA. Incidentally, the MARY ARCTICA is a product of Remontowa and RAL thus now returns to an old business partner after the P&S deal went south. It is believed that Remontowa will build the five ships to the exact same specifications as the five units that P&S was to deliver.
All five units are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2015.