The first of three dual-fuel LNG battery hybrid pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) under construction for United European Car Carriers (UECC) has been launched at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai.
The first vessel, with capacity for 3,600 car-equivalent units, is due for delivery at the end of October and should arrive in Europe with its first cargo by the end of the year. The two sister ships are due for delivery next year.
The three PCTCs are designed with the latest energy efficiency features, UECC said in a statement, meeting IMO Tier III NOx emission limits for operation in the North and Baltic Seas. The vessels will “far exceed the IMO’s target of 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030,” the company claimed. The ten-deck ships are also built for maximum operational flexibility. They will be capable of transporting high and heavy cargoes and breakbulk units, as well as cars and trucks.
Chief Executive of UECC, Glenn Edvardsen, commented: “With the launch of our first LNG battery hybrid PCTC, we are ushering in a new era for UECC and short-sea shipping in Europe. These ships prove that decarbonisation of the industry is possible using currently available technologies. Battery power also provides an option for reducing emissions in port, a feature that more and more cities are demanding.”
As more biofuels become commercially available in the future, UECC plans to increase the proportion of carbon-neutral and synthetic fuels in its bunker mix, Edvardsen said. UECC is jointly owned by Japan’s NYK Line and Stockholm-headquartered Wallenius Lines.
First of three hybrid PCTCs for UECC launched in China