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UECC invests in PCTCs with battery hybrid LNG solution

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United European Car Carriers (UECC) has announced that it has signed a contract to construct two new generation pure car/truck carriers (PCTCs) with China Ship Building Trading Co. Ltd and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd.

According to the statement, the newbuilding contract also has options for two additional vessels, with the first vessel planned for delivery in 2021. Both ships will feature a battery hybrid LNG solution, which will ensure that UECC is placed beyond the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) target for a 40% decrease in carbon intensity by 2030.

The CEO of UECC, Glenn Edvardsen, said: “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.”

Each vessel will be 169 m long, 28 m wide, and will have a car carrying capacity of 3600 units on 10 cargo decks, of which two decks are hoistable. UECC says that this will make the vessels extremely flexible, allowing them to accommodate a multitude of high and heavy break-bulk mafi cargoes, which are cargo segments, in addition to the cars. The vessels will also have a quarter ramp of 160 metric t safe working load and a side ramp of 20 metric t safe working load, and can accommodate cargo units of up to 5.2 m high.

In order to ensure a significant reduction in environmental footprint, UEEC, Jiangnan Shipyard and ship designer Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) will build the PCTCs according to the latest energy efficiency criteria. UECC claims that the vessels will meet the Tier 3 IMO NOx emission limitations coming into force in the Baltic and 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.

In order to ensure that the vessels are even more environmentally friendly (and to reduce CO2 emissions even further), the ships will also feature battery packages. As more bio fuels are set to become commercially available in the future, UEEC claims that it is also aiming to use carbon neutral and synthetic fuels as part of its future fuel mix.

Edvardsen said: “In our strategy we take a long-term view, and that's why we go for a battery hybrid LNG fuel solution on our new buildings.

“UECC has again taken leadership, and responded to future environmental regulations and market demands, with technological innovation, quality and sustainability and we will continue to do so. Furthermore, we will exceed current and future environmental regulations.”

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