Oslo - Swedish-Japanese shipping company UECC has ordered a new car carrier in China. Like his sisters, the vehicle freighter is to get a hybrid motor with LNG and battery technology. UECC has confirmed its option with China Ship Building Trading Co., Ltd and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd. for this third battery hybrid LNG vessel, this time slated for UECC’s Atlantic short sea trade.
“This order is another step in our commitment to cleaner shipping,” says Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC. “Our experience with LNG duel-fuel vessels has been good, and we want to keep moving forward to expand our sustainable fleet.”
UECC’s two first ECO-class vessels grabbed first and second place in Bremenports’ Greenports Award 2018 for being cleanest ships calling at one of Europe’s busiest ports. With the addition of battery hybrid technology, the three new ships raise the environmental protection bar even further.
The new orders will push the UECC duel-fuel LNG fleet to five vessels. “When our third battery hybrid LNG PCTC is delivered in 2022, it ushers in a new era for UECC and short sea shipping in Europe,” said Edvardsen. “That will give us a total of five eco-friendly vessels in our fleet. This represents more than 50% of the UECC owned fleet, and no other short sea company, or deep sea for that matter, can demonstrate such a sustainable fleet.”
Edvardsen acknowledges the importance of experience in the decision to invest in battery hybrid LNG. “A ship is a significant and long-term investment. We wanted to expand the use of new technologies to meet or exceed future sustainability requirements, and we feel our choice with the first two LNG vessels has been justified over nearly three years of operation. This experience gives us the confidence to move forward with even more eco-friendly technologies.”