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.

NYK is pleased to announce with immediate effect the expansion of its Europe to US West Coast service from 2 vessels per month to a weekly service. NYK look forward to receiving enquiries from customers for both self driveable and static cargo, which can be safely loaded by mafi trailers

The service offers vessels that are capable of transporting up to 7,500 standard cars, with the main deck and ramp engineered to handle heavy-duty cargo of up to 150 tonnes with a height of up to 6.3 metres.

NYK also provide an efficient and reliable service to their customers whilst being extremely focused towards minimising their impact on the environment . A variety of new energy efficient solutions have been introduced onboard their vessels.

Please see the trade map and port scope below.

As a part of the NYK Group’s medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” a new future concept ship has been designed by incorporating innovative technologies that will result in an emission-free vessel — the “NYK Super Eco Ship 2050.”

1. Background

The NYK Group’s mission of “Bringing value to life” and the company’s basic philosophy of “contributing to the betterment of societies” has inspired the group to positively address the tough issues that challenge our society.

In fact, NYK’s medium-term management plan includes the group’s intent to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives into management strategy by establishing new medium- to long-term environmental targets.* To achieve these goals, NYK has teamed up with MTI and Elomatic, an engineering and consulting company based in Finland, to review the technical advances conceived for NYK’s previous concept ship (i.e., NYK Super Eco Ship 2030, created in 2009) and design an updated version that makes use of advances in technology in the realm of green and digitalization initiatives that embody the group’s basic philosophy.

2. About NYK Super Eco Ship 2050

This concept ship has been crafted as a 2050-model pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). The power needed to operate the ship has been cut by 70 percent by remodeling the hull to decrease water friction, reducing the weight of the hull, introducing fuel cells for electric propulsion, and relying on other highly efficient propulsion devices. Instead of fossil fuels, power for the ship would come from solar energy and hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources, all of which would lead to a reduction of CO2 by 100 percent and thus result in a zero-emission vessel.

NYK Super Eco Ship 2050
- Main Features

a. Hull

The weight of the hull is reduced by optimization through a dynamic, mathematical design that uses lightweight materials for the superstructure. In addition, computer-controlled devices, such as gyro stabilizers, are installed to provide active stability for the lightweight vessel hull.

An air-lubrication system effectively reduces the frictional resistance between the vessel’s bottom and the seawater by means of bubbles generated by supplying air to the vessel’s bottom. And automatic hull cleaning during port stays prevents any negative impact on vessel efficiency.

Finally, propulsion efficiency is increased by replacing conventional propellers with flapping foils that mimic the movements of dolphins.

b. Energy

The ship is powered by hydrogen fuel cells produced from renewable energy sources. Waste heat recovered from the fuel cells is also used. On long voyages, solar power can be utilized.

c. Maintenance

Maintenance is managed through use of digital twins, a technology that realizes physical conditions digitally and enables real-time analyses from land offices, accident prevention, and optimal maintenance.

d. Port and Cargo Handling

Optimization of route planning is no longer a ship-level activity. It will be done at port and on a fleet level, which will enable just-in-time arrival throughout the supply chain. Automatic mooring and efficient ship-to-ship cargo handling will minimize port stays.

- Comparison of NYK Super Eco Ship 2050 with a Conventional PCTC


Conventional Vessel

NYK Super Eco Ship 2050

Length Overall

199.9 m

199.9 m


35.6 m

49.0 m


9.0 m

9.0 m

Air Draft

45.6 m

31.0 m

Main Power (Fuel)

Diesel Engine (C heavy oil)

Fuel Cells (Hydrogen)

Renewable Energy


Solar Power

- For more information about NYK Super Eco Ship 2050, please visit the link below.

NYK website: https://www.nyk.com/english/csr/envi/ecoship/
Elomatic’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/OKakRA2D7KU

3. Future

The NYK Group will promote decarbonization through technical development that contributes to energy savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. By applying this to actual vessels, through the concept of NYK Super Eco Ship 2050, the company will continue to contribute to the sustainable development of society and enrichment of the group’s corporate value.

* Medium- to long-term environmental targets
NYK’s reduction targets for GHG emissions are 30% per ton-kilometer by 2030 compared with a 2015 base year, and 50% per ton-kilometer by 2050 compared with the same base year. The NYK Group will make its best efforts to reduce GHG emissions by increasing the efficiency of fleet allocation, vessel operation, and cargo handling; striving to achieve zero downtime; and realizing visualization and optimization through hardware innovation and digitalization. These targets have been recognized as science-based by the international Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative.

- Related Press Releases

Announcement on June 13, 2018, “NYK Receives SBT Initiative Verification for Commitment to Greenhouse Gas Reduction,” http://www.nyk.com/english/news/2018/1190806_1687.html

Announcement on April 22, 2009, “NYK Releases Exploratory Design for NYK Super Eco Ship 2030,” https://www.nyk.com/english/release/31/NE_090422.html

- MTI Co. Ltd.

Head office: Tokyo
President: Yasuo Tanaka
Shareholder: NYK 100%
Website: https://www.monohakobi.com/en/

- Elomatic
Provides consulting, engineering, product development, and project management, as well as products and turnkey solutions, to industrial and public sector companies. The company has 950 employees and 48 years of experience in investment projects across various industrial sectors.
CEO: Patrik Rautaheimo
Tel: +358 2 412 411
Website: https://www.elomatic.com/en/
On December 25, NYK cooperated with a ship tour sponsored by Mazda Motor Corporation by escorting about 70 elementary and junior high school students and their parents on board an NYK-operated pure car and truck carrier (PCTC).

Since 1996, Mazda Motor Corporation has regularly held a tour of this kind as one of its social contribution activities to give children an understanding of the Japanese car industry, stimulate curiosity, and offer the children a memorable experience.

Participants first toured the Mazda Museum and then viewed cars produced at Mazda’s Ujina Plant in Hiroshima being loaded on the NYK-operated PCTC Hestia Leader. Afterward, the group toured the inside of the ship together with 15 NYK employees acting as escorts.

NYK will continue to work positively as a good corporate citizen on activities that contribute to our society.

-- About Hestia Leader

Length Overall: 199.9 meters
Breadth: 32.26 meters
Gross Tonnage: 62,400 tons
Flag of registry: Japan

On July 13, NYK Auto Logistics India Pvt. Ltd. (NALI), an NYK Group company, signed an agreement with Adani Logistics Ltd. (ALL) to form a joint venture that specializes in the transportation of finished vehicles using automobile freight trains.

The automotive production volume is expected to further increase in India, and there is increasing demand for transporting vehicles by rail, which places less of a load on the environment.

NALI currently provides an integrated transport service for finished cars in India, including inland-transport services by trailers, PDI (pre-delivery inspection), and representation for car carriers — thus offering end-to-end services (from manufactures’ plants to ports and retail stores).

ALL, a subsidiary of one of India’s financial conglomerate Adani Group, covers a wide range of business mainly related to the port operation in India and foreign countries, including the operation of automobile freight trains.

By the collaboration with ALL, the new company will cater to the increasing demand of domestic distribution of vehicles through rail mode, and increase customer choices of inland transportation to meet the customers’ diverse needs.

Based on the company’s " Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green " new medium-term management plan, the NYK Group will leverage on segments classified in “promote growth business”, and utilize its accumulated expertise of high-quality transportation services around the world to provide a sophisticated, high-quality finished-car logistics.