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Friday, September 27, 2019 

The Greenports Awards for the most eco-friendly vessel 2019 has been presented to the 'Auto Energy', owned by UECC, during a call at Bremerhaven Port.

Robert Howe, MD of Bremenports, presented the certificate to the Auto Energy’s Captain, Krzysztof Jan Buczkowski and UECC’s Head of Shipmanagement and Newbuilding, Jan Thore Foss.

Howe said: “Auto Energy has eco-friendly LNG propulsion, which earned her the Greenports Award 2019. With an average ESI (Environmental Ship Index) score of 60.8, the car carrier won first place, ahead of her sister ship Auto Eco which had a score of 58.1. During the last six months alone, the share of vessels reporting an ESI rose by just under 7%. This means that a total of 7731 vessels worldwide now have lower emissions, thus outperforming the environmental limits prescribed by IMO. In view of the urgency of the climate challenges, it is essential that this trend continues to pick up speed. The target has to be zero-emissions shipping”.

UECC’s Bjorn Svenningen thanked Bremeports for awarding the Greenports Award 2019 to the Auto Energy, and the owners of UECC, NYK and Wallenius Lines, for their support in making such a substantial sustainable shipping investment possible. UECC CEO Glenn Edvardsen, subsequently said: “This is a great achievement when considering the numbers of vessels calling the port of Bremerhaven and a nice recognition of UECC’s past investment in environmentally friendly vessels. UECC’s future generation of even more environmentally friendly vessels has already been ordered and a series of Battery Hybrid LNG Solution vessels will be delivered to UECC in 2021. UECC has again taken leadership, and responded to future environmental regulations and market demands, with technological innovation, quality and sustainability and we will continue to do so. Furthermore, we will exceed current and future environmental regulations”.

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