First Dual-Fuel PCTCs Ordered for Baltic Transportation

| Japan, Tokyo and Norway, Oslo
UECC dual-fuel PCTC (artist impression)

UECC dual-fuel PCTC (artist impression)

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. has signed shipbuilding contracts with Oslo-based United European Car Carriers (UECC), a provider of short sea RoRo transportation in Europe, for two pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) with a capacity of 3,800 cars.

The vessels will reportedly be the first PCTCs to adopt dual-fuel marine diesel engines which can use LNG, heavy fuel oil, or marine gas oil as fuel.  When running on LNG, the vessels will be able to almost eliminate SOx emissions as compared to the case using heavy fuel oil, thus satisfying SOx emissions control regulation coming into force in Europe. NOx and CO2 emissions will also be substantially reduced. Each PCTC can complete a fourteen day round voyage in the Baltic using solely LNG fuel, including main engine and auxiliary power generation.

“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” said Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC.

The vessels will be 181 metres long with a 30 metre beam. Both the vessels will have 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice class, facilitating year round trading in the Baltic area.  Approximately 3 800 standard sized cars spread over 10 decks will able to be transported. A significant part of the cargo capacity can also be used to transport high & heavy cargo and any other cargo loaded on to mafi trailers. The deck configuration is optimised for both present and predicted future cargo mix.

The vessels are to be built at Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd., a joint venture company between Kawasaki and China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company. They have been jointly developed by UECC, Wallenius Marine and NYK Technical Group, together with KHI in Japan, and are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2016.

The vessels’ other principal particulars are outlined below.

Depth: 30.22 m
Summer draught: 9.60 m
Number of cars: 3,800 units
Main engine: One set of MAN B&W 8S50ME-C8.2-GI
Diesel generator: Three sets of four stroke-cycle, dual-fuel type
Classification society: Lloyds Register

(Source:UECC and Kawasaki Heavy Industries)

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