UECC usher in new era of sustainable shipping

UECC usher in new era of sustainable shipping

Norwegian Ro/Ro shipping line United European Car Carriers (UECC) has launched the first of three LNG battery hybrid pure car/truck carriers (PCTCs). The first vessel was launched earlier this week at an official ceremony at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. The remaining two vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2022.

PCTCs are distinctive ships with a box-like superstructure running the entire length and breadth of the hull, fully enclosing the cargo. Built to the latest energy efficiency criteria, UECC’s latest PCTCs will meet the Tier 3 IMO NOx emission limitations in place for the Baltic and North Sea. All three will be equipped with battery hybrid solutions that will enable UECC to far exceed the IMO’s target of 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.

Glenn Edvardsen, UECC's CEO, said: “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.

“The introduction of batteries is an excellent demonstration of our deepening commitment to next-generation sustainability. Battery power on the new vessels will improve operational efficiency and further reduce emissions through peak shaving, in addition to handling partial accommodation load and driving auxiliary equipment. 

“Battery power also provides an option for reducing emissions while in port, a feature that more and more cities are demanding,” he added.

The ships are also equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries. As more biofuels are set to become commercially available in the future, UECC plans to increase the proportion of carbon neutral and synthetic fuels in their future fuel mix.  

With a length overall of 169 metres, a width of 28 metres and a car carrying capacity of 3,600 units on 10 cargo decks, the new vessels are highly flexible, enabling them to accommodate a wide range of high and heavy and break-bulk cargoes, in addition to cars and trucks.