On 8th September NYK Line became the first deep sea RORO carrier to call at Rostock, at the Liebherr MCCtec facility.

The Pure Car Truck Carrier vessel loaded around 30 Rolltrailers, destined for Off Shore Projects in Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Shanghai. The cargo included impressive cargo height of up to 4.40m, as well as crane jibs with over 30 meter length.

NYK Germany accepted in close co-operation with the Liebherr Rostock transport & production team the logistics challenge to transfer equipment & knowledge to the port of Rostock. Therefore, already weeks before the actual loading, several pre meetings took place and the required equipment was transferred by truck from the NYK depot in Bremerhaven to the Liebherr factory.

Within the first week of September the stuffing of 28 x 40’ and 62’ trailers were successfully executed.

All involved are extremely proud about the clients trust and NYK are happy to have proposed a workable solution for both parties.


Earlier this month NYK RORO loaded one of their biggest ever industrial project cargoes from Bremerhaven, Germany to Port Hueneme, California for the Liebherr Group.

With weekly sailings ex Europe and a sharp transit time, NYK's new Round the World service to Port Hueneme, Long Beach and Tacoma was able to provide the perfect service & frequency. 

“Normally every industrial project includes one difficult piece but the Liebherr Harbour Crane, with impressive dimensions of 30 metres long and nearly 5 metres high, stretched the limits to the maximum'' says Matthias Auch, Project Co-Ordinator / NYK Line Hamburg.

To overcome the given obstacles NYK nominated the PCTC vessel MV Cassiopeia Leader due to her significant ramp strength (150 tonnes) and impressive deck height (6.30 metres).

The majority of the crane was suitably placed on roll trailers, except for the heart of the crane (measuring 20m long by 6.15m wide) where NYK  joined forces with Heavy Lift Specialist 'Mammoet Germany'. Several technical meetings also took place in the Liebherr Factory in Rostock to evaluate the right equipment to use. In close co-operation a logistic set up could be developed to safely handle this impressive cargo.

 After four months of dedicated hard work, involving the worldwide NYK network and local partners in Germany such as BLG Logistics and Atlantik Hafenbetriebe Bremerhaven, this impressive harbour crane is finally on its way to the US West Coast.


United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct two new generation PCTC with China Ship Builidng Trading Co., Ltd and Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co. Ltd.  The newbuilding contract also has options for two additional vessels, and the first vessel is planned for delivery in 2021.


 The vessels will be equipped with a Battery Hybrid LNG Solution which will place UECC beyond IMO’s target for a 40 percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.

“This is a giant leap towards decarbonization, and unlike anything else that has been done previously in our industry, I believe, and something that we are extremely proud of” stated UECC’s CEO, Glenn Edvardsen.

 The vessels will have a length overall of 169 meters, a width of 28 meters and a car carrying capacity of 3 600 units on 10 cargo decks, of which 2 decks are hoistable.  This will make the vessels extremely flexible enabling them to accommodate a multitude of high & heavy and break-bulk mafi cargoes, which are cargo segments, in addition to the cars, that UECC has built a significant portfolio of over the years.  The vessels will have a quarter ramp of 160 metric tons safe working load and a side ramp of 20 metric tons safe working load and can accommodate cargo units up to 5.2 meters high.

 To ensure a significant reduction in the environmental footprint, UECC, Jiangnan Shipyard and leading ship Designer Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) will build the PCTCs according to some of the most innovative and the latest energy efficiency criteria.  The vessels will meet the Tier 3 IMO NOx emission limitations coming into force the Baltic and the North Sea from 2021.  In respect of the 2021 CO2 reduction regulations, the vessels will also be equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries. 

 "The environment is at the top of UECC's agenda” said Edvardsen.  UECC’s Head of Ship Management, Jan Thore Foss, added “UECC's experience with LNG PCTCs has been very good and there was really no other alternative for us” and added “the LNG solution will reduce the CO2 emission by about 25 percent”.

 To make the vessels even more environmentally friendly and to cut CO2 emissions further, the vessels will also be equipped with battery packages.  "We are investing in the future," underlines Edvardsen” and added "Our solution will take us beyond IMO’s target for a 40 percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2030”.

 As more bio fuels are set to become commercially available in the future, UECC aims to also use carbon neutral and synthetic fuels as part of our future fuel mix.  "In our strategy we take a long-term view," said Edvardsen, “and that's why we go for a battery hybrid LNG fuel solution on our newbuildings”.

 UECC’s CEO, Glenn Edvardsen, concluded with the following statement: “UECC has again taken leadership, and responded to future environmental regulations and market demands, with technological innovation, quality and sustainability and we will continue to do so.  Furthermore, we will exceed current and future environmental regulations”. 


For any further information, please contact:

Mr. Bjørn Svenningsen, Director of Sales & Marketing, Oslo.

Telephone:  +47 90160455/E-mail: bsv@uecc.com


Notes for editors:

UECC (United European Car Carriers) is a leading short-sea operator and logistics provider for the transportation of cars, vans and high & heavy cargo in Europe. The company was established in 1990 and holds contracts with all the major vehicle manufacturers. With a fleet of about 20 purpose-built vessels, UECC transports around 1.5 million car equivalent units annually. UECC also operates several vehicle terminals and break bulk terminals in major European ports. UECC is owned in equal shares by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), one of the world’s largest shipping companies, and by Wallenius Lines of Stockholm, Sweden’s foremost shipping enterprise.

For the fifth consecutive year NYK RORO will have a stand at Break Bulk Europe, where we will showcase our ability to load a variety of high and heavy cargoes, as well as project cargo.

NYK representatives from various European offices, as well as NYK Head Office in Tokyo, will be in attendance and we look forward to receiving your enquiries during the exhibition. We will be happy to meet existing, and also potential new customers during the event, so please come and join us at Stand J70 and share some sushi with us !