Norwegian roll-on / roll-off (RoRo) shipping line United European Car Carriers (UECC) has placed an order with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group for a third battery-hybrid liquefied natural gas (LNG) pure car truck carrier (PCTC).

UECC will deploy the new battery-hybrid LNG PCTC ship on its Atlantic short sea trade.

Commenting on the contract, UECC CEO Glenn Edvardsen said: “This order is another step in our commitment to cleaner shipping. Our experience with LNG dual-fuel vessels has been good, and we want to keep moving forward to expand our sustainable fleet.”

The company already operates two ECO-class vessels. The shipping line said that the addition of the third battery-hybrid ship will enable it to comply with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Tier 3 nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions rule.

The new battery-hybrid solution will also allow the UECC to meet the IMO target of cutting carbon intensity by 40% by 2030.

Edvardsen added: “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.

“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.”

“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.”

The new orders will increase UECC’s dual-fuel LNG fleet to a total of five ships.

UECC is owned by the parent companies NYK and Wallenius Lines.