Representatives from United European Car Carriers (UECC), Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), Japan Marine Science, MUFG Bank, DNV-GL, SDARI, CSSC and CSTC gathered at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai to witness and celebrate the steel cutting ceremony for UECC’s first battery hybrid LNG-powered pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). UECC is owned in equal shares by NYK, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, and by Wallenius Lines of Stockholm, Sweden’s foremost shipping enterprise.
“This steel cutting ceremony marks a very special moment of pride, joy and emotion for all personnel at UECC, both on land as well at sea. I have no doubt that this day will be seen as a significant milestone in UECC’s history by the generation of people which follow. I therefore, feel specially privileged, to be present here at Jiangnan to witness the historic inauguration of the work on our first of the three LNG-fueled/battery hybrid solution vessels,” said UECC’s CEO, Glenn Edvardsen.
“The LNG/battery/hybrid installation will be a pioneering design. I am pleased to say that I am very impressed with the teamwork that has been shown by all parties so far and which is crucial in the time to come, in order to be able to efficiently solve issues together as a team. As active members of society, we all have a shared obligation to do our part to create a greener, more sustainable world, and hope you all really appreciate the exciting step UECC is taking towards a more environmentally friendly shipping,” he added.
Huang, President of the Jiangnan Shipyard Group, also commented: “As the first dual-fuel + battery-powered hybrid ship in the world, the newly started 3,600 CEU PCTC can meet the requirements of the full range while truly achieving ultra-low emissions. And it is so advanced that its speed, oil consummation and environment protection level has walked at the forefront of the world. With the smooth steel-cutting today, Jiangnan Shipyard will also promote its brand power and influence in the PCTC construction market, and UECC will consolidate its leading position in global automobile transportation field.”