United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Swedish Wallenius Lines, cut the steel first steel for its first battery hybrid LNG-powered PCTC at the Jiangnan Shipyard.
The company had previously signed a contract to construct three new pure car truck carriers with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group.
The vessels will have a length overall of 169 meters, a width of 28 meters and a car carrying capacity of 3 600 units on 10 cargo decks, of which 2 decks are hoistable.
This will make the vessels flexible enabling them to accommodate a multitude of high & heavy and break-bulk mafi cargoes, which are cargo segments, in addition to the cars, that UECC has built a significant portfolio of over the years.
The vessels will have a quarter ramp of 160 metric tons safe working load and a side ramp of 20 metric tons safe working load and can accommodate cargo units up to 5.2 meters high.
The vessels will meet the Tier 3 IMO NOx emission limitations coming into force the Baltic and the North Sea from 2021.
In respect of the 2021 CO2 reduction regulations, the vessels will also be equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries.