United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct two new generation PCTCs (pure truck and car carriers) 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.
“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” stated UECC’s CEO, Glenn Edvardsen.
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 some of the most innovative and the latest energy efficiency criteria.
The vessels will meet the Tier 3 IMO NOx emission limitations coming into force the Baltic and the North Sea from 2021. In respect of the 2021 CO2 reduction regulations, the vessels will also be equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries.
UECC’s Head of Ship Management, Jan Thore Foss, notes “UECC's experience with LNG PCTCs has been very good and there was really no other alternative for us” and added “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 also be equipped with battery packages.
As more bio fuels are set to become commercially available in the future, UECC aims to also use carbon neutral and synthetic fuels as part of our future fuel mix.
“In our strategy we take a long-term view,” said Edvardsen, “and that's why we go for a battery hybrid LNG fuel solution on our new buildings.”
Photo credit: United European Car Carriers
Published: 21 March, 2019
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