Two and a half years after the signing of a contract to build the world’s first dual-fuel LNG PCTCs (Pure Car/Truck Carriers), United European Car Carriers (UECC) has taken delivery of the first of two vessels on order. The ship will be named Auto Eco when reaching North Europe towards the end of November.
UECC is equally owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines. The handover from Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. took place at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China on September 29.
These unique vessels are equipped with MAN B&W 8S50ME-GI dual-fuel engines that can use either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil.
They will be put into service in Europe, where strict sulphur emission regulations have been introduced. LNG does not emit any Sulphur Oxides (SOx) or Particulate Matter (PM) and significantly less Nitrogen Oxides (Nox) and Carbon Dioxides (CO2) compared to conventional Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) and Marine Gas Oil (MGO). Thus, these vessels will easily meet the emissions regulation.
The 181 meter vessels, each with a total loading car capacity of 3,985 units, have Finnish/Swedish ice class 1A super vessel, thus allowing for full-year trading in the Baltic area, where ice is common in winter. UECC will make every effort to improve services and reduce environmental loads through the use of these unique vessels.
(Source: NYK Line)