The formal delivery ceremony for TBN AUTO ENERGY took place on 29 November 2016 at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China and the vessel was successfully delivered to United European Car Carriers, UECC, at 17:00 hrs (local time).
Mr. Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC, began his speech with, “To construct the most technically advanced PCTC ever built, where the LNG installation would be a pioneering design, and one of the largest employed on any commercial vessel, and the largest yet of its kind on a pure car and truck carrier, we all knew already then that this would be a very challenging task ahead .Needless to say, this required highly skilled and a dedicated group of engineers along with great teamwork and cooperation from all. The result of this long process is the vessel you see here: A triumph of engineering, teamwork and international cooperation. AUTO ENERGY will help UECC achieve its vision: To be recognised as the leading provider of short sea Ro/Ro transport in Europe. But more than that, the AUTO ENERGY serves as a bold statement of UECC’s commitment to environmental sustainability.”
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. TBN AUTO ENERGY was the second of these vessels to be delivered.
The delivery of AUTO ENERGY marks the end of a remarkable project and the beginning of a new era. The two ships are the first PCTC´s with LNG propulsion which will greatly improve their environmental footprint, and the Ice Class 1A Super enables year round trading in the Baltic Sea. The first vessel, the AUTO ECO, arrived to Europe early November and is now in service on the Biscay trade. In January both ships will be trading their home waters – the Baltic Sea.
Read the full release from UECC here.