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Friday, June 19, 2020 

European Car Carriers (UECC), a PCTC operator jointly owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines, has begun construction of the second of three LNG/battery hybrid vessels.

The contracts for three new generation PCTCs were signed with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group in 2019. The steel cutting ceremony for the second LNG Battery Hybrid powered PCTC took place at Jiangnan Shipyard, Shanghai, on 20 May 2020.  Given the current Covid-19 crisis, the official Steel Cutting Ceremony was said to be subdued.  UECC CEO Glenn Edvardsen, said: “It pleases me tremendously that UECC is able to push ahead with this significant fleet renewal programme, despite all the Covid-19 related challenges facing our industry”.

Edvardsen said: “The LNG /Battery/Hybrid installation will be a pioneering design and will take UECC beyond the IMO target of 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030. UECC’s parent companies, NYK and Wallenius Lines, have sustainability in their DNA and It is an honour to be able to take UECC to the next level of clean shipping with their support.”

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