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UECC orders two Dual Fuel Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC) with 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice class

AUTO ECO alongside Gdynia Container Terminal

photos by Małgorzata Borys

Oslo, 6 March 2014. United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct two dual fuel LNG PCTCs. 

The contract has been signed with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and the vessels will be constructed at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China which is a joint venture between KHI and China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company. Deliveries of both the vessels will be in the second half of 2016.

The vessels will be 181 metres long with a 30 metre beam. Both the vessels will have 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice class, facilitating year round trading in the Baltic area.  Approximately 3 800 standard sized cars spread over 10 decks will able to be transported. A significant part of the cargo capacity can also be used to transport high & heavy cargo and any other cargo loaded on to mafi trailers. The deck configuration is optimised for both present and predicted future cargo mix.

The vessels are capable of operating with LNG fuel or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil, providing greater flexibility and efficiency. It is the first PCTC of its kind to be fitted with an LNG fuel propulsion system, and can complete a fourteen day round voyage in the Baltic using solely LNG fuel, including main engine and auxiliary power generation.

LNG is recognised as the cleanest and most environmentally friendly choice of fuel suitable for marine transport. The choice of LNG as a fuel significantly reduces CO2 and NOx emissions, as well as almost eliminating Sulphur Oxide and particulate emissions. “The LNG installation is a pioneering design and will be one of the largest employed on a commercial vessel and the largest yet of its kind on a pure car and truck carrier. We are proud of the exciting step UECC is taking towards greener and more environmentally friendly shipping” said Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC.

The vessels will employ a number of other design elements and technologies to help reduce fuel consumption and emissions, ensuring safer and more efficient operations. With capacity for approximately 3800 cars, it will be the largest PCTC type vessel specifically designed for transiting the Baltic and other ice prone areas. Mr. Edvardsen further stated, “UECC will be able to provide our customers with transportation in the Baltic area with unparalleled efficiency, reliability and superior environmental performance”.

The vessels have been jointly developed by UECC, Wallenius Marine and NYK Technical Group, together with Kawasaki Heavy Industry in Japan.


mv Auto Eco  at Gdynia Container Terminal February 2017




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