United European Car Carriers (UECC) has announced that it recently launched the TBN Auto Energy – its second LNG dual-fuel pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). The vessel was launched at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China. UECC is jointly owned by Wallenius Lines and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK).
UECC claims that the construction and launch of the second vessel went according to schedule. Thomas Ekhaugen, Head of Fleet & Cargo Handling, said: “It is a ground-breaking moment seeing our second LNG PCTC vessel, one of the most technically advanced PCTCs ever built, on the water. After the successful launch of the sister vessel earlier, we have been looking forward to this day as well.”
TBN Auto Energy has capacity of 3800 cars, including 6000 m2 of high and heavy cargo. It will be the world’s largest dual-fuel LNG PCTC, and will be capable of loading cargo on 10 decks.
Helen Olafsen, Head of Trade & Operation, said: “Both of the LNG PCTCs are the biggest 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice classed vessels in the world. We are eager to test them when the opportunity arises in the ice prone areas.”
The Head of Sales & Marketing, Bjørn Svenningsen, added: “We are extremely proud that UECC is being a technological pioneer with these new unique vessels, and we will be raising the quality bar on transportation with them. With these vessels trading in our fixed liner network in Europe next year, we will be enhancing the service to our customers with exceptional efficiency, reliability and reduced carbon footprint.”
The TBN Auto Energy must now undergo sea trials and gas trials. It is scheduled for delivery to UECC in Nantong on 28 November 2016.
Edited from press release by David Rowlands
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