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United European Car Carriers to invest in new generation PCTC´s

United European Car Carriers (UECC) has signed a contract to construct two new generation pure car truck carrier (PCTC) vessels with China Ship Building Trading Co., Ltd and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd. The newbuilding contract also has options for two additional vessels, and the first vessel is planned for delivery in 2021. The vessels will be equipped with a Battery Hybrid LNG solution which will place UECC beyond IMO’s target for a 40 percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.

United European Car Carriers (UECC) has signed a contract to construct two new generation pure car truck carrier (PCTC) vessels with China Ship Building Trading Co., Ltd and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd. The newbuilding contract also has options for two additional vessels, and the first vessel is planned for delivery in 2021. The vessels will be equipped with a Battery Hybrid LNG solution which will place UECC beyond IMO’s target for a 40 percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2030 (image courtesy UECC).

Founded in 1990, United European Car Carriers (UECC) is a leading short-sea operator and logistics provider for the transportation of cars, vans and high and heavy cargo in Europe. With a fleet of about 20 purpose-built vessels, UECC is jointly owned by Japan-headed Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Sweden headed Wallenius Lines.

This is a giant leap towards decarbonization, and unlike anything else that has been done previously in our industry, I believe, and something that we are extremely proud of, stated UECC’s CEO, Glenn Edvardsen.

The vessels will have a length overall of 169 meters, a width of 28 meters and a car carrying capacity of 3 600 units on 10 cargo decks, of which two decks are hoistable. This will make the vessels extremely flexible enabling them to accommodate a multitude of high & heavy and break-bulk mafi cargoes, which are cargo segments, in addition to the cars, that UECC has built a significant portfolio of over the years.

The vessels will have a quarter ramp of 160 metric tons safe working load and a side ramp of 20 metric tons safe working load and can accommodate cargo units up to 5.2 meters high.

Low environmental footprint

To ensure a significant reduction in the environmental footprint, UECC, Jiangnan Shipyard, and leading ship designer Shanghai Merchant Ship Design and Research Institute (SDARI) will build the PCTCs according to some of the most innovative and the latest energy efficiency criteria.

The environment is at the top of UECC’s agenda, said Glenn Edvardsen

The vessels will meet the Tier 3 International Maritime Organization (IMO) nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission limitations coming into force the Baltic and the North Sea from 2021. In respect of the 2021 carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction regulations, the vessels will also be equipped with dual-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries.

UECC’s experience with LNG PCTCs has been very good and there was really no other alternative for us. The LNG solution will reduce the CO2 emission by about 25 percent, said Jan Thore Foss Head of Ship Management at UECC.

To make the vessels even more environmentally friendly and to cut CO2 emissions further, the vessels will also be equipped with battery packages.

We are investing in the future. Our solution will take us beyond IMO’s target for a 40 percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2030, said Glenn Edvardsen.

As more biofuels are set to become commercially available in the future, UECC aims to also use carbon neutral and synthetic fuels as part of its future fuel mix.

In our strategy, we take a long-term view and that’s why we go for a battery hybrid LNG fuel solution on our new buildings. UECC has again taken leadership and responded to future environmental regulations and market demands, with technological innovation, quality, and sustainability and we will continue to do so. Furthermore, we will exceed current and future environmental regulations ended Glenn Edvardsen.

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