New car carrier ships to be LNG-fuelled

03 Nov 2014
UECC’s latest PCTC design, showing location of LNG tanks and ME-GI main engine

UECC’s latest PCTC design, showing location of LNG tanks and ME-GI main engine

MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced that it has been contracted to supply two 8S50ME-GI dual fuel two-stroke engines, one for each of a pair of newbuild pure car/truck carrier (PCTC) ships.

The vessels have been ordered by United European Car Carriers (UECC), to be constructed at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China, as reported earlier this year. Delivery for both vessels is scheduled for the second half of 2016. The 43,200gt ships will be 181m length oa, 30m beam and will transport up to 3,800 cars on 10 cargo decks. The main engines are rated for 11,000kW at 113rpm, giving a design speed of up to 18.6 knots. In normal operation at 80% MCR they will travel at 16.5 knots. For unassisted year-round operation the Baltic region, the ships will be built to Finnish-Swedish Ice Class 1A Super.

According to MAN, these are the first PCTCs to be fitted with an LNG propulsion system, and to give maximum flexibility they will be capable of operating on HFO or MGO as well as gas. LNG tank capacity will be sufficient for a 14-day round trip in the Baltic operating solely on LNG, including main engine and auxiliary power generation.

UECC CEO Glenn Edvardsen had previously said: “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. We are proud of the exciting step UECC is taking towards greener and more environmentally friendly shipping.”

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