UECC orders third hybrid LNG RoRo

UECC has ordered a third battery hybrid LNG RoRo Photo: UECC UECC has ordered a third battery hybrid LNG RoRo Photo: UECC

United European Car Carriers (UECC) has confirmed an option with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group for a third battery hybrid LNG vessel for UECC’s Atlantic short sea trade.

The new battery-hybrid solution will take the Norwegian shipping line beyond the IMO target of 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030 and the three vessels will also meet the IMO Tier 3 NOx emissions limitations entering into force in the Baltic and North Sea from 2021 keel lays.

“This order is another step in our commitment to cleaner shipping,” said Glenn Edvardsen, chief of UECC. “Our experience with LNG dual-fuel vessels has been good, and we want to keep moving forward to expand our sustainable fleet.”

The new orders will take the UECC dual-fuel LNG fleet to five vessels. “When our third battery hybrid LNG PCTC is delivered in 2022, it ushers in a new era for UECC and short sea shipping in Europe,” said Mr Edvardsen. “That will give us a total of five eco-friendly vessels in our fleet.  This represents more than 50% of the UECC owned fleet, and no other short sea company, or deep sea for that matter, can demonstrate such a sustainable fleet.”

Save fuel, reduce emissions

“Batteries are a key step towards next generation sustainability,” Mr Edvardsen continued. 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. “It also provides an option for reducing emissions while in port, and that is becoming more important for many cities,” he added.

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