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Marine Log

February 16, 2007

TTS upgrades for Wallenius car carriers

TTS Ships Equipment, a subsidiary of Norwegian maritime group TTS Marine, has been awarded a significant contract by Wallenius Marine to upgrade four of its car carriers.

The vessels will be extensively upgraded to meet new classification and other requirements.

As part of the upgrade contract, TTS will supply one new watertight bulkhead door to each of the four ships in order to increase damage stability and to effect compartmental separation.

TTS will also refurbish the RoRo equipment onboard each ship and reinforce the stern ramps to manage heavier loads.

The first of the four vessels, MV Baltic Breeze, left dry dock in mid February 2007 and is now moored at the Cosco outfitting quay in Dalian, China, where work will continue until the end of March. The second vessel, MV Aegean Breeze, is also contracted for upgrade at Cosco in Dalian where work will begin in early May.

"Many car carriers built over 20 years ago require various types of life extension programs," said Dan Magnusson, TTS conversion manager. "The present lack of car carriers, teamed with the continuing boom in this type of transport, creates strong potential for both new builds and conversions."

Magnusson continued: "Reports from Japan and Korea state that the main shipbuilders are fully occupied until 2011, so there has to be an effective alternative to newbuilds. The Wallenius project will prove that undergoing an upgrade program is both a time- and a cost-effective solution."

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