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Thursday, March 21, 2019 

United European Car Carriers (UECC) recently announced its intention to build two pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) ships using both gas fuel and battery hybrid technology to cut emissions well below the IMO 2030 target.

UECC, which is jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd. The newbuilding contract includes options for two additional vessels, and the first vessel is planned for delivery in 2021.

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

The new-generation vessels will have a length overall of 169m, a width of 28m 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 and heavy and break-bulk mafi cargoes, which are cargo segments, in addition to the cars, of which UECC has built a significant portfolio over the years. The vessels will have a quarter ramp of 160 tonne SWL and a side ramp of 20 tonne SWL and will accommodate cargo units up to 5.2 meters high.

To ensure a significant reduction in the environmental footprint, UECC, Jiangnan Shipyard and ship Designer Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) will build the PCTCs according to the latest energy efficiency criteria. The vessels will meet Tier III IMO NOx emission limitations coming into force in the Baltic and the North Sea from 2021. In respect of the CO2 reduction regulations, the vessels will be equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries.

"The environment is at the top of UECC's agenda” said Edvardsen.

UECC’s Head of Ship Management, Jan Thore Foss, added: “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%”.

To make the vessels even more environmentally friendly and to cut CO2 emissions further, the vessels will be equipped with battery packages. "We are investing in the future," underlined Edvardsen. "Our solution will take us beyond IMO’s target for a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030”.

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