Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) has exercised an option for a dual-fuel pure car/truck carrier (PCTC) newbuilding at Jinling Shipyard in China.

The deal means the Singapore shipowner now has five PCTC newbuildings on order at the state-owned shipyard.

Shipbuilding sources said that Idan Ofer-controlled EPS held the option at the yard as part of an order for four ships placed at Jinling in June.

They said the yard has given EPS a "special deal" as the delivery date for the newbuilding is slated for 2023.