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Friday, April 16, 2021 

The first of three LNG battery hybrid PCTCs commissioned by United European Car Carriers (UECC) has been launched in an official ceremony at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China

UECC CEO Glenn Edvardsen 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 new UECC PCTCs are built to the latest energy efficiency criteria, meeting the Tier III 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. The next two in the series are scheduled for completion in 2022.

“The introduction of batteries is an excellent demonstration of our deepening commitment to next-generation sustainability,” Edvardsen says. 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,” said Edvardsen.

The ships are 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.

"We aim to be in front of the move to sustainability in shipping," said Edvardsen. “This is the motivation behind our decision to invest in dual-fuel solutions for these newbuildings.”

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

Edvardsen concluded: “UECC’s parent companies, NYK and Wallenius Lines, have sustainability in their DNA. We are proud to be able to take UECC to the next level of sustainable shipping with their support.”

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