Oslo-based United European Car Carriers (UECC) says it has signed a contract calling for the construction of two of the world’s dual fuel Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs).
UECC, which is jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, says that the 3,800 car carriers will be designed for year-round trading in the Baltic with 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice class notation.
The vessels will be equipped with a dual fuel propulsion system capable of operating with LNG fuel or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil. A statement from UECC said that the PCTCs will be capable of completing a fourteen-day round trip voyage in the Baltic running solely on LNG fuel.
“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” said Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC.
UECC added that the vessels will also be the largest PCTC type vessel specifically designed for transiting the Baltic and other ice prone areas.
The construction 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 PCTC design was 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.