United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct two dual fuel LNG PCTCs with 1A Super Finnish/Swedish ice class.
A formal launching ceremony for the first of the two vessels, TBN AUTO ECO, took place at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China 14.04.2016.
The launching of TBN AUTO ECO was a huge success with the construction completed according to the project plan and leading to a significant milestone in the new building project.
The participants at the ceremony were as pictured:
UECC: Glenn Edvardsen/CEO, Erik Jensen/COO, Thomas Thue/CFO, Jan Thore Foss/Head of Ship Management, Carl Fagergren/Project Manager
NYK: Takashi Yonezawa/NYK Line
UECC Site: Leoued Menorias/Supervisor, Ayumu Sakashita/Supervisor, Ellie Basaka/Supervisor,
Jörgen Fridh/Deputy Site Manager, Yuto Ito/Supervisor, Yoshihisa Iwai/Site Manager
Class Surveyor: Liu Kejun/Senior Surveyor, Zhuo Xing/Surveyor, Jiang Qixing/Surveyor,
Jaekwang Ahn/Project Manager
NACKS: Shogo Matsui/Vice President, Chen Gong/Vice President, Xu Wenyu/Vice President, Xu Weiming/Vice President, Masanori Mizuno/President, Takeaki Takada/Vice President
“It is such a magnificent moment seeing TBN AUTO ECO afloat. We have all been looking forward to this day to see her on the water for the first time. I am extremely proud and grateful for the dedication and hard work put in by the entire team to make this happen, especially on schedule,” said Edvardsen.
Edvardsen ended his speech with the following: “It is a privilege to be present here at NACKS today to witness the launching of one of the finest and most technically advanced PCTC vessel ever build. Even though there is some mist today, the weather is still perfect for the launch, and not even the mist can affect her impressive structure on the horizon.”
The next milestones for TBN AUTO ECO are the Sea Trial and Gas Trial, where we will be witnessing her engines running on LNG fuel.
TBN AUTO ECO is scheduled to be delivered to UECC on 28 September 2016 in Nantong, China.