The second of UECC’s newbuild LNG battery PCTCs has been launched at Jiangnan Shipyard (Source: UECC)

Second hybrid PCTC launched in China for UECC

A second 3,600-CEU hybrid pure car truck carrier (PCTC), under construction at China’s Jiangnan Shipyard, has been launched for European short-sea operator, UECC. The vessel is one of a trio of LNG-powered PCTCs, equipped with shaft generators and battery packs.

The three vessels, capable of manoeuvring in port on battery power, will exceed IMO 2030 carbon reduction targets and meet IMO Tier III NOx emission limits in the Baltic and North seas. They have ten decks, two of which are hoistable to provide space for high-and-heavy and mafi breakbulk cargo consigments.

Despite pandemic-related challenges, the delivery schedule has been maintained. The first of the three PCTCs is due for delivery in the second half of this year, while the others are scheduled for commissioniong in the first half of 2022.

UECC’s head of Ship Management and Newbuilding, Jan Thore Foss, explained that the latest three ships have been designed to make further improvements on two earlier E-class vessels, Auto Eco and Auto Energy, with the introduction of batteries. This has been achieved with collaboration between the Chinese shipyard and Finland’s WE Tech, a hybrid technology specialist, he said.

UECC is owned jointly by Japan’s NYK and Wallenius Lines of Sweden.

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
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