Newbuild dual fuel pure car and truck carriers

10 Mar 2014
UECC said these are the first PCTC’s of their kind to be fitted with an LNG fuel propulsion system Photo: UECC

UECC said these are the first PCTC’s of their kind to be fitted with an LNG fuel propulsion system Photo: UECC

United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct two dual fuel LNG Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs).

The contract has been signed with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) and the vessels will be constructed at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China which is a joint venture between KHI and China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company.

“The LNG installation is a pioneering design and will be one of the largest employed on a commercial vessel and the largest yet of its kind on a pure car and truck carrier," said Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC.

"We are proud of the exciting step UECC is taking towards greener and more environmentally friendly shipping," he added.

When completed, the vessels will be 181m long with a 30m beam and will be capable of operating with LNG fuel or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil. UECC said that these are the first PCTC’s of their kind to be fitted with an LNG fuel propulsion system.

The vessels will be able to complete a 14-day round voyage in the Baltic using solely LNG fuel and both main engine and auxiliary power generation.

They have been jointly developed by UECC, Wallenius Marine and NYK Technical Group, together with Kawasaki Heavy Industry in Japan.

Deliveries of both the vessels will be in the second half of 2016. 

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