United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines, has taken delivery of a pure car and truck carrier, powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

To be named ‘Auto Eco’, the newly delivered vessel is the first LNG-fuelled pure car and truck carrier in the world.

Measuring a length of 181m and a breadth of 30m, the vessel can accommodate 3,985 units of cars.

"The vessel features a MAN B&W 8S50ME-C8.2-GI engine and 9.60m of summer moulded depth."

The vessel features a MAN B&W 8S50ME-C8.2-GI engine and 9.60m of summer moulded depth.

The vessel, which is the first of two sister vessels to be delivered by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, is currently sailing from NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China and will reach northern Europe by the end of next month.

Powered by dual-fuel engines that can use either LNG or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil, both the vessels will be deployed in thr European region, which has introduced severe sulphur emission regulations.

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UECC noted that LNG does not emit any sulphur oxides (SOx) or particulate matter (PM) and emits minimal nitrogen oxides (nox) and carbon dioxides (CO2) compared to traditional heavy fuel oil (HFO) and marine gas oil (MGO).

Furthermore, the carrier’s Finnish / Swedish ice class 1A super vessel status will enable it to perform year-long trading in the Baltic area, where ice is common in the winter.

In February of this year, NYK added a new 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containership, NYK Blue Jay, to its fleet.

The first of ten containerships that will be chartered by NYK under time charter contracts with the owner, NYK Blue Jay features a gross weight of 144,285t.

Image: UECC’s new LNG-fuelled pure car and truck carrier, Auto Eco. Photo: courtesy of NYK Line.