The AUTO ECO, owned by shipping company United European Car Carriers (UECC), called at Bremerhaven on November 13. It is the first Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) of its kind to be equipped with a liquid natural gas propulsion system and can operate solely on LNG for up to 14 days.
The use of LNG leads to a significant reduction in CO2. “This is a decisive step towards more sustainable solutions in automobile logistics,” said Thomas Rech, member of the management at BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven. “That’s why we are so delighted that the AUTO ECO also called at Bremerhaven on its maiden voyage. After all, our customers justifiably expect that sustainability is a self-evident element of our business policy. The BLG Group has set itself the goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020. One of the ways we contribute to this goal is by carrying out structured environmental management that has been certified for over ten years.”
The AUTO ECO started its maiden voyage in Nagoya, Japan. First it sailed via Singapore and Colombo through the Suez Canal to Bristol. From there it headed to Zeebrugge before the car carrier set course for Bremerhaven. There the BLG team discharged 1,095 vehicles of a Japanese carmaker as well as seven MAFI trailers with high & heavy units Sunday afternoon.
The AUTO ECO provides capacity for up to 3,800 vehicles spread over ten decks. A large portion of the area can also be used for transporting high & heavy goods.