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 second of the two vessels, TBN AUTO ENERGY, took place at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China on June 30. The construction of TBN AUTO ENERGY went according to schedule, leading to a successful launch.
“It is a ground-breaking moment seeing our second LNG PCTC vessel, one of the most technically advanced PCTC’s ever build on the water. After the successful launch of the sister vessel earlier, we have been looking forward to this day as well,” said Thomas Ekhaugen, Head of Fleet & Cargo Handling.
With a capacity of approximately 3,800 cars, including 6,000 square metre of high and heavy cargo, she will be the largest dual fuel LNG PCTC in the world with the ability of loading cargo on 10 decks with a maximum cargo weight of 160MT.
“Both of the LNG PCTCs are the biggest 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice classed vessels in the world. We are eager to test them when the opportunity arises in the ice prone areas,” said Helen Olafsen, Head of Trade & Operation.
Bjørn Svenningsen, Head of Sales & Marketing added: “We are extremely proud that UECC is being a technological pioneer with these new unique vessels, and we will be raising the quality bar on transportation with them. With these vessels trading in our fixed liner network in Europe next year, we will be enhancing the service to our customers with exceptional efficiency, reliability and reduced carbon footprint.”
The next milestones for TBN AUTO ENERGY are the Sea Trial and Gas Trial, where its engines will begin running on LNG fuel. TBN AUTO ENERGY is scheduled to be delivered to UECC on November 28, 2016 in Nantong, China.