Chinese vehicle maker BYD is set to become a shipowner with an order for two pure car/truck carrier newbuildings at a domestic shipyard.

The Shenzhen-headquartered automaker has struck a deal with state-owned Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) for the LNG dual-fuel 7,000-ceu vessels, according to shipbuilding sources.

They said the pair forms part of the eight-ship fleet that BYD is looking to own.