Jiangnan Shipyard launches new LNG PCTC for UECC
China’s Jiangnan Shipyard has launched the second of the third newbuild pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) for Norwegian shipping company United European Car Carriers (UECC), UECC said on August 19.
“UECC’s ambitious effort to upgrade its fleet with low-carbon vessels remains on track with the launch this week of the second in a series of three LNG battery hybrid newbuilds at a Chinese yard,” it said.
The latest new build PCTC was launched on August 16 and is due for final delivery along with the third vessel in the first half of 2022. The first unit was launched earlier this year and is set to be delivered later this autumn after final commissioning, UECC said.
UECC said it has been a front-runner in adapting hybrid technology for the car carrier shipping segment in pursuit of lower CO2 emissions, building on a pair of dual-fuel LNG-powered PCTCs that have now been in commercial operation for the past four years.
“The intention was to further improve on these two E-class vessels, Auto Eco and Auto Energy, by rationalising fuel consumption through the use of hybrid battery power,” said head of ship management and newbuilding Jan Thore Foss.
The use of a battery hybrid solution will enable UECC to exceed the IMO target to reduce carbon intensity by 40% from 2008 levels within 2030. Emissions of carbon dioxide will be reduced by around 25%, SOx and particulate matter by 90% and NOx by 85% from the use of LNG, while the newbuilds will also meet the IMO’s Tier 3 NOx emissions limitations for the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the company said.
Once delivered, the newbuild trio will give UECC five eco-friendly PCTCs out of its 17-vessel fleet.