Havyard Design and Solutions has secured a contract to design two cargo vessels for Greenland-based shipping company Royal Arctic Line.

To be built in Spain’s Zamakona Yards, the ships will replace Royal Arctic Line’s Pajuttaat and Vestlandia vessels, which were built in 1979 and 1983, respectively.

The vessels will feature four cargo holds for different temperature zones ranging from refrigeration at -27°C to cooling at 4°C, as well as several standard compartments.

Each of the vessels will be 67m long and will be designed to carry 60 containers or 500 pallets.

Expected to be delivered by 2020, the ships are set to provide additional capacity to Royal Arctic Line.

The vessels will be built in compliance with ice class requirements and the Polar Code for deployment in the rough climate of northwest Greenland.

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They will also be designed to easily sail in and out of shallow ports.

“There’s a good chance that Havyard will get more opportunities in this segment.”

Havyard Design & Solutions Sales senior vice-president Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane said: “Our collaboration with Royal Arctic Line has been very fruitful, and there’s a good chance that Havyard will get more opportunities in this segment.”

Royal Arctic Line is primarily involved in the shipping of all sea freight in and out of 13 major ports in Greenland as part of an exclusive licence awarded by the Government of Greenland.

Last month, Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard launched the hull of the first of 12 ferries designed by Havyard for Fjord1.

The vessels will serve the Hareid-Sulesund and Aursnes-Magerholm routes in Sunnmøre, Norway.