China’s Chery Automobile, also known as Chery, is reportedly close to taking over Samjin Shipbuilding Industries Co in Weihai, Shandong province.

The vehicle maker, which controls Wuhu Shipyard in Anhui province, plans to build pure car/truck carriers at the new yard.

Shipbuilding sources said Chery has commissioned Wuhu to construct up to eight type-C tank LNG dual-fuelled 7,000-ceu car carrier newbuildings to be delivered in 2025 and 2026.