Friday, November 25, 2016

Revolutionary New LNG Powered Car Carrier Has Naming Ceremony

Pride of Joint Japanese and Swedish Venture Fleet
Shipping News Feature
BELGIUM – JAPAN – SWEDEN – The world’s first dual fuel Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Pure Car/Truck Carrier (PCTC) the M/V Auto Eco had her formal naming ceremony at the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium on 21 November 2016. The vessel is the first PCTC of its kind in the world to be fitted with a dual-fuel LNG propulsion system, allowing it to complete a fourteen-day round-trip voyage solely on LNG without refuelling. The Auto Eco is designed to not only meet existing emissions regulations but also exceed them, allowing her to trade in any Emission Control Area (ECA) worldwide. The vessel has also been constructed to meet the highest ice class standard: Super 1A Finish /Swedish Ice Class. Though scheduled to trade in the Baltic Sea the vessel is capable of sailing just about anywhere, including the Northeast or Northwest Passages.

The ship’s construction was commissioned by United European Car Carriers (UECC), a joint venture between Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, and launched in April after two years construction in China. At 181 metres in length the ship is the world’s first and largest dual-fuel LNG PCTC and has the capacity to carry 4,000 cars. Her ability to run on LNG and/or marine gas oil or heavy fuel means that the vessel can run both cleanly and economically despite future potential upsets in prices in a particular fuel from economic/political issues. Speaking at the naming ceremony Mr. Glenn Edvardsen. CEO of UECC said:

Auto Eco will help UECC achieve its vision: To be recognised as the leading provider of short sea Ro/Ro transport in Europe. Auto Eco serves as a bold statement of UECC’s commitment to environmental sustainability, consistent with the values of our owners, NYK and Wallenius Line. So on behalf of the entire organisation, I wish to thank everyone who helped plan, design, finance and build this remarkable vessel. To Captain Henryk and his skilled crew, I wish you good luck, smooth seas and following wind, and please, take good care of her. She is the pride of our fleet!”

Pic: The launch of Auto Eco in April.