Two LNG-Fueled PCTCs for UECC

March 8, 2014 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two 595-Foot Ships to Be Built in China for Baltic Service,
They Are to Have MAN Main and Wärtsilä Auxiliary Engines

Two LNG dual fuel pure car and truck carrier ships for United European Car Carriers will be the first of their kind, UECC says, both for their size and for the liquefied natural gas fuel. The new PCTCs will be able to complete “a 14-day round voyage in the Baltic using solely LNG,” UECC says, “including main engine and auxiliary power generation.” updated with engine and UECC contact information on March 11

The new PCTCs for United European Car Carriers are the first ships of their kind to be ordered with LNG propulsion.

The new PCTCs for United European Car Carriers are the first ships of their kind to be ordered with LNG propulsion.

A contract for the two ships has been signed with Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the 595-foot (181-meter) vessels to be built at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China. NACKS is a joint venture between KHI and China Ocean Shipping. Delivery of the two vessels is slated for the second half of 2016.

MAN and Wärtsilä Engines

“The LNG installation is a pioneering design and will be one of the largest employed on a commercial vessel and the largest yet of its kind on a pure car and truck carrier,” UECC CEO Glenn Edvardsen said in a release.

The ships will have main engines supplied by MAN Diesel & Turbo – the MAN B&W 8S50ME-C8.2-GI, advises UECC ship management chief Peter Andersson – with two Wärtsilä 8L20DF engines and one 6L20DF as auxiliaries.

“UECC will be able to provide our customers with transportation in the Baltic area with unparalleled efficiency, reliability and superior environmental performance.”

UECC’s 538-foot (164-meter), Lloyd’s Register ice-classed MV Baltic Breeze, one of 23 vessels in the current PCTC fleet, was built in 1983.

UECC’s 538-foot (164-meter), Lloyd’s Register ice-classed MV Baltic Breeze, one of 23 vessels in the current PCTC fleet, was built in 1983.

Ice Class

UECC is jointly owned by NYK (Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha) and Wallenius Lines.

The new ships will have 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice classification, “facilitating year-round trading in the Baltic area,” UECC says. Each will be able to carry approximately 3,800 standard-sized cars spread over ten decks – “the largest PCTC type vessel specifically designed for transiting the Baltic and other ice prone areas.”

The ships will also be able to handle “high and heavy cargo,” UECC says.

The LNG-powered PCTC design was jointly developed by UECC, Stockholm-based Wallenius, and the NYK Technical Group, with Kawasaki Heavy Industries support.

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Source: United European Car Carriers with HHP Insight follow-up

 

 

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