In a major step toward achieving sustainable shipping, United European Car Carriers (UECC) has floated the first of three LNG battery hybrid pure car, truck carriers (PCTCs) in an official ceremony at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. The remaining two vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2022.
The new UECC PCTCs are built to the latest energy efficiency criteria, meeting the Tier 3 IMO NOx emission limitations in place for the Baltic and North Sea. All three will be equipped with battery hybrid solutions that will enable UECC to far exceed the IMO’s target of 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030. “With the launch of our first LNG battery hybrid PCTC, we are ushering in a new era for UECC and short sea shipping in Europe,” said Glenn Edvardsen, CEO in UECC. “These ships prove that decarbonization of the industry is possible using currently available technologies.”
The ships are equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries. As more biofuels are set to become commercially available in the future, UECC plans to increase the proportion of carbon neutral and synthetic fuels in their future fuel mix. “We aim to be in front of the move to sustainability in shipping,” added Edvardsen. “This is the motivation behind our decision to invest in dual-fuel solutions for these newbuildings.”
With a length overall of 169 meters, a width of 28 meters and a car carrying capacity of 3,600 units on 10 cargo decks, the new vessels are highly flexible, enabling them to accommodate a wide range of high & heavy and break-bulk cargoes, in addition to cars and trucks.