United European Car Carriers (UECC) has inked a contract for the building of the world's first LNG-powered vehicle carriers.
The two new vessels will be powered by a single MAN B&W 8S50ME-GI dual-fuel engine and will be constructed at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China. The shipyard is a joint venture between China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI). The new-buildings are scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2016.
The order of UECC came after a a long-term fleet evaluation process concerning its Baltic fleet. The CEO of UECC, Glenn Edvardsen, previously commented:
“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.”
The vessels will be capable of completing a fortnight round trip in the Baltic operating only on LNG ( including main engine and auxiliary power generation).
According to Glenn Edvardsen, the new-buildings will provide the customers of the company with transportation with superior environmental performance, unparalleled efficiency and reliability. The key requirements for new tonnage reckon all expected environmental legislation (SECA).