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UECC orders LNG car and truck carriers

LNG Industry,

United European Car Carriers (UECC), which is jointly owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct two dual-fuel LNG (liquefied natural gas) Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs).

Kawasaki Heavy Industries

The contract was signed with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and the vessels will be constructed at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China. Delivery of both vessels is expected in the second half of 2016.

The vessels will have a length of 181 m and a beam of 30 m. They will be Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A Super vessels, enabling year-round trading in the Baltic area. Each ship will be able to transport approximately 3800 standard-sized vehicles over 10 decks. A significant amount of the cargo capacity can also be used to transport high and heavy cargo, in addition to cargo loaded onto MAFI trailers. The deck configuration will be optimised for both current and expected cargo mixes.

LNG fuel propulsion

The vessels will be capable of operating on either LNG or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil, providing greater flexibility and efficiency. These ships will be the first PCTCs to be fitted with an LNG fuel propulsion system, and they will be able to complete a 14-day round voyage using only LNG fuel for main engine and auxiliary power generation.


UECC CEO, Glenn Edvardsen, commented: “The LNG installation is a pioneering design and will be one of the largest employed on a commercial vessel and the largest yet of its kind on a pure car and truck carrier. We are proud of the exciting step UECC is taking towards greener and more environmentally friendly shipping.

“UECC will be able to provide our customers with transportation in the Baltic area with unparalleled efficiency, reliability, and superior environmental performance.”

Vessel collaboration

The vessels have been jointly developed by UECC in close collaboration with NYK’s Technical Group and Wallenius Marine, together with Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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