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.


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 PCTC's with 1A Super Finnish /Swedish ice class.

The world's first dual fuel LNG PCTC M/V AUTO ECO had her formal naming ceremony at the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium on 21st November 2016.


It was a magnificent day with representatives of UECC’s owners, NYK and Wallenius, UECC’s customers and partners who had gathered to celebrate this occasion. Their numerous attendance truly marked the significance of this milestone.

We were excited to have Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment & Trade, as The Godmother of M/V AUTO ECO.

We also had the honor of Mr. Geert Bourgeois, the Minister-President of the Government of Flanders, Flemish Minister for Foreign Policy and Immovable Heritage attending the event.

Gracing the event were also the Secretary of State for the Belgian North Sea Coast (Mr. Philippe De Backer), Mayor of Brugge (Mr. Reneet Landuyt), Norwegian Ambassador to Belgium (Mrs. Ingrid Schulerud), Japanese Ambassador to Belgium (Mr. Masafumi Ishii) and representative from the Port of Zeebrugge (Mr. Joachim Coens/President - Managing Director)

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.

(Mr Bjorn Svenningsen)

During the ceremony, Mr. Glenn Edvardsen (CEO/UECC) began his speech with, “On March 6, 2014, in Oslo UECC signed a contract to build two dual fuel PCTCs with Kawasaki Heavy Industries at the NACKS yard in China. This was the start of an incredible journey - 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. This required highly skilled and dedicated group of engineers along with great teamwork and cooperation. This was made possible by working together with NYK’s Technical Group and Wallenius Marine, and with invaluable support from Kawasaki Heavy Industries and NACKS. The result of this long process is the vessel you see here: A triumph of engineering, teamwork, and international cooperation.

Mr. Edvardsen continued, “It is 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 refueling. AUTO ECO not only meets existing emissions regulations but also exceeds them, allowing her to trade in any Environment Control Area, worldwide.

To make sure the vessel can trade safely in icy waters, AUTO ECO has been constructed to meet the highest ice class standard: Super 1A Finish /Swedish Ice Class. She may be scheduled to trade in the Baltic Sea, but AUTO ECO is capable of sailing just about anywhere – including the Northeast or Northwest Passage if ever called upon.”

Mr. Edvardsen concluded his speech, “AUTO ECO will help UECC achieve its vision: To be recognized as the leading provider of short sea Ro/Ro transport in Europe. AUTO ECO serves as a bold statement of UECC’s commitment to environmental sustainability, consistent with the values of our owners, NYK and Wallenius Line. So on behalf of the entire organization, I wish to thank everyone who helped plan, design, financed and build this remarkable vessel. To Captain Henryk and his skilled crew of AUTO ECO - I wish you good luck, smooth seas and following wind, and please, take good care of her. She is the pride of our fleet! ”

(Mr G.Edvardsen)

Mr. Geert Bourgeois (Minister-President of the Government of Flanders, Flemish Minister for Foreign Policy and Immovable Heritage), “The fact that the ceremony for the world’s first and largest dual fuel LNG PCTC is happening here in Flanders emphasizes the significant logistic operations of shipping companies in Flanders.

It also stresses the leading role of the Port of Zeebrugge as an LNG hub for Europe. Flanders is also home to the largest chemical cluster in Europe and thus offers a large knowledge base on materials and sustainable resources. The Flemish government approved an action plan “Clean Power for Transport” to stimulate the use of alternatively fueled vehicles and related infrastructure

I am sure that in the following years, UECC with its focus on LNG as marine fuel can play a crucial role in this ambitious policy. I would like to extend a sincere thank for choosing Flanders and the Port of Zeebrugge as your hub and reinforcing our LNG and sustainable resources cluster in Flanders.”

(Mr. Geert Bourgeois)

Mr. Koichi Chikaraishi (Representative Director, Senior Managing Corporate Officer, Chief Executive of Automotive Transportation Headquarters of NYK Line), “I would like to begin by expressing my sincere gratitude to the Government of Flanders and Port of Zeebrugge for the great long-term support to develop our business in Flanders, especially in Zeebrugge. We at NYK have continued to develop our business in Flanders. For this vessel, the port of Zeebrugge will assume a very important role.

The port will operate not only as a place where cargo is loaded and discharged but also as an LNG supply platform. This new LNG bunkering vessel will begin its service in the near future, and we certainly appreciate the great support that we have continued to receive from the Government of Flanders in our efforts to pursue advancements

Since 1991, Wallenius Lines and NYK have been shareholders of UECC. UECC, Wallenius Lines and NYK have closely and intensely worked together to steadily develop UECC’s business. Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Mrs. Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg and Mr. Jonas Kleberg, Chairman of Wallenius Lines and all of Wallenius Lines for our strong long-term partnership.

AUTO ECO represents one of UECC’s greatest achievements, and it was accomplished by a continual effort throughout the 25-year history of UECC. In closing, allow me to also extend my wishes for the continued good health and prosperity of everyone here today”

(Mr. Koichi Chikaraishi)

Mr. Joachim Coens (President - Managing Director of Port of Zeebrugge), “The arrival of AUTO ECO constitutes multiple milestones in the history of the global shipping industry as well as the history of our port

UECC is among the first movers when we speak about attention for durability and environment and we would like to congratulate UECC for being a front-runner for a greener future for shipping.

The addition of new automotive vessel like AUTO ECO is a reinforcement of the sector.

UECC is a very important client for the port of Zeebrugge. We are very excited that the automotive sector and LNG come together, that these two very important aspects in Zeebrugge have found each other and marking the beginning of a new era. It tells us we are together, ready for the future.”

(Mr. Joachim Coens)

The Naming Ceremony concluded with Mr. Bjorn Svenningsen closing the ceremony and the rest of the event continued on deck number 5 on board the AUTO ECO, where all guests had the chance to tour the magnificent vessel.
With the addition of the AUTO ECO to the family, UECC assumes the role of a technological pioneer through the characteristics of this unique vessel. She is also able to improve the reliability and competitiveness of UECC in the market, providing stability and efficient services to our customers.


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



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.

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 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)