On October 11, Geert Bourgeois, Minister-President of the government of Flanders; Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade; and accompanying delegates visited the NYK head office and met with NYK board counselor Koji Miyahara, senior advisor Takao Kusakari, and senior managing corporate officer Koichi Chikaraishi.

During the meeting, Kusakari, who serves as the president of the Japan-Belgium Society, offered his appreciation for the visit on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgium and Japan, and also 120 years since the start of NYK’s first European liner service between Yokohama and Antwerp. He also mentioned that NYK will continue to seek collaboration and cooperation with the government of Flanders through the ports of Zeebrugge and Antwerp, and others in Belgium. Minister-President Bourgeois thanked NYK deeply for the employment opportunities offered by the company and its contribution to the Belgian economy.

NYK also introduced the guests to Auto Eco, the world's first LNG-fueled pure car and truck carrier (PCTC), delivered in September from the shipyard to United European Car Carriers (UECC), which is equally owned by NYK and Wallenius Lines.

NYK will continue its efforts to provide services that satisfy our various customer needs, as a bridge not only between Belgium and Japan but also the remainder of Europe and the world.


NYK has signed a joint-venture agreement with Bolloré Transport & Logistics Kenya Limited (Bolloré) and Toyota Tsusho Corporation to establish Bolloré NYK Auto Logistics Limited,* a logistics company for finished cars. In late August, a signing ceremony was held in Kenya, and attended by Eric Melet, Managing Director of Bolloré, Takashi Hattori, Senior Managing Director of Toyota Tsusho Corp., Koichi Chikaraishi, senior managing corporate officer of NYK at which time they attended the ceremony to commemorate MOUs in TICAD VI**.

Kenya, a country currently experiencing strong economic growth, is expected to see a rise in finished car imports and become a gate port for countries in East Africa. At the port of Mombasa, Kenya, this new company will offer a variety of services, such as inland transport, and PDI** as well as car storage and customs clearance within this year.

Making use of a strategic partnership combining the knowledge and the expertise that Bolloré and Toyota Tsusho have accumulated through their business activities, together with NYK’s extensive experience with finished-car logistics solutions around the world, Bolloré NYK Auto Logistics Limited will be well positioned to provide widespread customers with high quality services for East Africa.

* Bolloré Transport & Logistics Kenya Limited: A subsidiary company of Bolloré Transport & Logistics, headquartered in France and offering comprehensive logistics services.

** The ceremony of MOUs in TICAD VI is the ceremony to commemorate memorandums of understanding (MOUs) signed between Japanese companies and African countries on the occasion of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). TICAD VI was held by Japanese government in the Republic of Kenya on August 27 and 28. In this ceremony, Bolloré NYK Auto Logistics Limited was introduced as an investment project of Africa by Japanese and French companies. The ceremony included Prime Minister Abe, H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya and other dignitaries.

*** PDI (pre-delivery inspection)
Services for finished vehicles – such as final inspections, repairs, and parts application – before delivery to a 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 first LNG dual fuel PCTC vessel has been delivered to UECC after 380 days of hard work put in by UECC personnel, Wallenius personnel, NYK personnel, KHI and NACKS. A formal delivery ceremony took place at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China 29.09.2016 and the vessel was successfully delivered to UECC at 16:15hrs. LT.

Participants at the ceremony were personnel from the UECC Oslo office, UECC Site office in Nantong, Lloyds, NACKS and KHI. We were also honored to have NYK and Wallenius personnel attending the ceremony.

At 181 metres, with a 30 metre beam, TBN AUTO ECO is the largest dual-fuel PCTC in the world, and the biggest ever PCTC with 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice class. She is capable of running on LNG fuel or heavy fuel oil and marine gas oil, combining cleaner operations with greater flexibility and efficiency.

One of the most technically advanced PCTC’s ever built, TBN AUTO ECO is able to complete a fourteen day round voyage in the Baltic using solely LNG fuel.

Boasting a capacity of approximately 4000 RT42 car units, including 6000 sqm of high and heavy cargo, TBN AUTO ECO has the capability to load cargo on 10 decks with a maximum cargo weight of 160MT.

During the ceremony, Mr. Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC, began his speech with, “We at UECC are very proud of the ship which NACKS has built for us. We look forward to show the world and the shipping industry that we are the game changer with the addition of this marvellous advanced PCTC with LNG Dual Fuel Technology. We realize the importance of this ship to KHI/NACKS given the fact that it was not only yours, but the first in the world LNG Fuelled PCTC ever built. We sincerely thank NACKS for all the hard work for the past year, and UECC will continue to maintain our reputation as the leading provider of short sea RoRo transportation in Europe!”

Mr. Han Chengmin, President of NACKS stated: “NACKS is always committed to constructing high-quality, environmental-friendly ships with dual-fuel propulsion systems. The 10-deck PCTCs will operate using LNG, heavy fuel oil or marine gas oil, to maximise flexibility and efficiency, and the LNG capacity has been calculated to give the vessel a two-week round trip inside the ECA.”

David Barrow, LR’s Director of Innovation, Marketing & Sales, commented: “It is a great honour to have been chosen to class the ships in this project – a continuation of our strong relationship with NACKS and UECC, and a milestone for all parties involved. We will keep sharing our understanding of marine risk and realities of LNG as a marine fuel, providing the highest level of expertise and experience to help the industry make the best commercial decisions based on the best technical insight.”

With the additional of TBN AUTO ECO to the family, UECC not only strengthens its market position, but also assumes the role of a technological pioneer through the characteristics of this unique vessel.

The TBN AUTO ECO is scheduled to have a Naming Ceremony in late November 2016 in Zeebrugge.

For any further information, please contact:
Mr. Bjørn Svenningsen, Head of Sales & Marketing, Oslo.
Telephone: +47 90160455/E-mail: bsv@uecc.com


NYK have launched a new RORO service, ''Ruffles Ao Dai RORO Express'' (REX), linking Hai Phong in Northern Vietnam with Ho Chi Minh and Laem Chabang (near Bangkok). On October 8, the NYK operated car carrier Modern Link arrived in Hai Phong, Vietnam, for the first call. The ceremony to commemorate this new service was attended by top managements of the Port of Hai Phong, Tan Vu Terminal, among others.

The previous service for Northern Vietnam called at the port of Cai Lan once a month. Now the new service calls the port of Hai Phong, which is close to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and increases the number of calls to twice a month. NYK will attempt to accommodate demand for the transportation of finished cars to Vietnam, a country experiencing strong economic growth, whilst making use of the knowledge and expertise gained through other services in the ASEAN region to provide high quality, competitive services.

<Details of the Service>
(1) Name of Service:      Ruffles Ao Dai RORO Express (REX)
(2) Vessels:                     Pure car carriers
(3) Frequency:                 Two sailings per month
(4) Ports and rotation:    Laem Chabang (Sun) – Ho Chi Minh (Tue/Wed) – Hai Phong (Sat/Sun)



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.
A formal launching ceremony for the second of the two vessels, TBN AUTO ENERGY, took place at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China 30.06.2016.


The construction of TBN AUTO ENERGY went according to schedule, leading to a successful launch.
“It is a ground-breaking moment seeing our second LNG PCTC vessel, one of the most technically advanced PCTC’s ever build on the water. After the successful launch of the sister vessel earlier, we have been looking forward to this day as well,” said Mr. Thomas Ekhaugen, Head of Fleet & Cargo Handling.

With a capacity of approximately 3800 cars, including 6000 sqm of high and heavy cargo, she will be the largest dual fuel LNG PCTC in the world with the ability of loading cargo on 10 decks with a maximum cargo weight of 160MT. “Both of the LNG PCTCs are the biggest 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice classed vessels in the world. We are eager to test them when the opportunity arises in the ice prone areas,” said Ms. Helen Olafsen, Head of Trade & Operation.

Mr. Bjørn Svenningsen, Head of Sales & Marketing added, “We are extremely proud that UECC is being a technological pioneer with these new unique vessels, and we will be raising the quality bar on transportation with them. With these vessels trading in our fixed liner network in Europe next year, we will be enhancing the service to our customers with exceptional efficiency, reliability and reduced carbon footprint.”

The next milestones for TBN AUTO ENERGY are the Sea Trial and Gas Trial, where we will be witnessing her engines running on LNG fuel.
TBN AUTO ENERGY is scheduled to be delivered to UECC on 28 November 2016 in Nantong, China.

For any further information, please contact:
Mr. Bjørn Svenningsen, Head of Sales & Marketing, Oslo.
Telephone: +47 90 16 04 55 / E-mail: bsv@uecc.com

(Source: UECC Press Release: Oslo, 7/July/2016)