From 24th to 26th April 2017, NYK Group Europe RORO Division (NGE RORO) & NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NBP) participated in Breakbulk Europe 2017 in Antwerp.  Breakbulk is one of the world’s largest international events focused on traditional breakbulk logistics, heavy-lift transportation and project cargo trade.
It is the third time that the two NYK divisions are combining forces to attend this major fair in Antwerp. The event is also held annually in China, North America, Russia, Middle East, and Southeast Asia. This year, NYK Group’s new design booth was located in the main hall and attracted hundreds of existing and potential customers.
It was a great opportunity to advertise our brand name in the Break Bulk Industrial Project market, examine new trends, increase our access to potential customers, and strengthen our ties to existing customers through face-to-face dialogues.
We are already looking forward to Breakbulk Europe in Bremen next year!

Breakbulk Europe 2017



UECC is pleased to announce the launching of a new Atlantic service where we link Scandinavia with the North of Spain. This service is the quickest way to Scandinavia, connecting Vigo (Spain) with a direct service into Drammen (Norway) and Wallhamn (Sweden). The new service deploys three Breeze class vessels and there are two loops.

 Responding to the new service, Ms. Helen Bjerke (Head of Trade and Operations) commented, “UECC is the only shortsea provider offering such a convenient route and we have received very positive feedback on this. Especially on the southbound where we have spaces available to cater to this ever-changing industry! As a leading provider of shortsea RoRo transportation in Europe, we aim to be versatile and flexible. We offer reliable solutions for a challenging industry for the transportation of cars and high & heavy cargo in the region.”



Long loop:  M/V Asian Breeze and M/V Baltic Breeze
Two Breeze vessels connecting Vigo to Drammen directly on a weekly basis.
Short loop: M/V Arabian Breeze
One Breeze vessel on an 8-days frequency.

Number of days between ports/ transit time
Vigo – Drammen     7 days       
Vigo – Zeebrugge     2 days       
Vigo – Bremerhaven     5 day       
Vigo – Wallhamn     8 days  

For any further information, please contact:
Mr. Bjørn Svenningsen, Head of Sales & Marketing, Oslo.
Telephone:  +47 9016 0455

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NYK has signed a joint-venture agreement with Vietnam Ocean Shipping Agency Corporation (VOSA)* to establish NYK Auto Logistics (Vietnam) (NALV), a logistics company for finished cars. On December 2, a signing ceremony was held at the NYK head office in Tokyo and attended by Vu Xuan Trung, general director of VOSA, and NYK president Tadaaki Naito.

NALV will be owned by NYK (80%) and VOSA (20%) and will offer high quality services for inland logistics such as the storage, delivery, and PDI** of imported cars to Vietnam, where sales are strong and increased demand is expected.

NYK currently has a stake in over 40 companies all over the world providing finished car inland logistics, often combining inland logistics with sea transport by RORO vessels to offer a total logistics service. NYK plans to offer a similar comprehensive service throughout Vietnam.

Based on the company’s "More Than Shipping 2018" medium-term management plan, the NYK Group will utilize its accumulated expertise of high-quality transportation services around the world to secure stable profits.

* Vietnam Ocean Shipping Agency Corporation (VOSA)
A shipping agent that is part of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (VINALINES), a government-managed shipping company in Vietnam.

** PDI (pre-delivery inspection): Services for finished vehicles – such as final inspections, repairs, and parts application – before delivery to car dealer


As reported earlier, United European Car Carriers (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.

The world’s second dual fuel LNG PCTC M/V AUTO ENERGY had her formal Naming Ceremony at Malmö Port, Sweden on 7 February 2017.


It was an exciting day with representatives of UECC’s owners (NYK and Wallenius), UECC’s customers and partners who had gathered to celebrate this occasion. Despite a rare heavy snowfall that had not happened in Malmö for many years, there was still a high level of energy in the atmosphere as we gathered for the traditional christening ceremony. The remarkable energy we had held a deep significance to this event.

Mr. Bjorn Svenningsen (Head of Sales & Marketing/UECC) was the Master of Ceremony and he welcomed the guests with an introduction to the history of naming ceremonies held in Malmö
Distinguished guests were also introduced to the audience. We were honoured to have Mrs. Eva Kleberg, wife of Mr. Jonas Kleberg (Owner and Chairman of Wallenius Lines), as The Godmother of M/V AUTO ENERGY.
We also had the privilege of Mrs. Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, the Mayor of Malmö gracing the event. Joining the event were also Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry (President of the World Maritime University), Mr. Johan Röstin (CEO of Copenhagen Malmö Port) and Mr Takao Kusakari (Senior Advisor of NYK Line).

Mr. Glenn Edvardsen (CEO of UECC) “As active members of society, we all have a shared obligation to do our part of creating a greener, more sustainable world. For UECC personnel both at sea and on land, this vessel makes us really proud, which is a heartfelt comment and sentiment shared by many, and hope you all really appreciate the exciting step UECC is taking towards a greener and more environmentally friendly shipping.

It is also the first PCTC of its kind in the world to be fitted with a dual-fuel LNG propulsion system, allowing it to complete a fourteen-day round -trip voyage solely on LNG without refuelling. AUTO ENERGY not only meets existing emissions regulations but also exceeds them, allowing her to trade in any Environment Control Area, worldwide.

She is also constructed to meet the highest ice class standard: Super 1A Finish /Swedish Ice Class. I am confident that our customers will value her flexibility, the moveable decks and increased ramp capacity, which have been strengthened to allow High & Heavy cargo, or in fact to carry almost any kind of rolling stock. By running on LNG, we can greatly help to reduce the overall emissions throughout the supply chain. AUTO ENERGY will continue to help UECC achieve its vision:
The leading provider of short sea Ro/Ro transport in Europe.”

For any further information, please contact:

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

Telephone:  +47 90160455/E-mail:

We also had the event telecasted live and if you want to recap the entire event, please visit the link below:

(SOURCE: UECC Press Release, 10.02.2017).

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).

Participants at the ceremony were personnel from the UECC Oslo office, UECC Site office in Nantong, Lloyds, NACKS, KHI, and Wallenius. They were all representing the parties involved in the construction period for the vessel.

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.”

Mr. Han Chengmin, President of NACKS stated: “Green shipping is a dream that is pursued by all the shipping companies in the world, the delivery of AUTO ENERGY marks one firm step in pacing towards building global environmental friendly vessels. During her construction, NACKS undertakes the trust from Owner, and collaborate with the people from more than ten different nationalities; it is beyond the diversity of regions, cultures and companies. We are honoured to make this dream realized as one partner.

Under great support of UECC, Wallenius Lines, NYK Line, site office and LR surveyors, NACKS completed all the items including sea trial and gas trial. We will never forget that all of you make us confident when we face the difficulties together, and we will never forget that all of you make us motivated when we trust each other, taking this opportunity, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to all the concerned parties. Additionally, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to KHI for their kind support and to NACKS staffs for their feeling of responsibility.”

As reported earlier, 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 launch of the two vessels also constitutes a milestone in the history of the global shipping industry as well as for UECC. We are proud of being a frontrunner for a greener shipping industry. With the two new vessels in our fleet, we are able to deliver more sustainable, stable and efficient services to our customers.

Facts about the vessel
With an overall length of 181 metres and a 30 metre beam, TBN AUTO ENERGY is, together with her sister vessel AUTO ECO, the world’s largest dual-fuel LNG PCTCs. The vessels are also the biggest ever PCTCs with 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice class. 
Being one of the most technically advanced PCTC’s ever built, TBN AUTO ENERGY is able to complete a fourteen day round voyage in the Baltic using solely LNG fuel. She is also capable of running on LNG fuel or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil, combining cleaner operations with greater flexibility and efficiency.
Boasting a capacity of approximately 4000 RT43 car units, including 6000 m2 of high and heavy cargo, the TBN AUTO ENERGY has the capability to load cargo on 10 decks with a maximum cargo weight of 160 metric tons.