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 keel laying ceremony for the first of the two vessels, TBN AUTO ECO took place at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China 15.12.2015.
The keel laying was completed according to the project plan and marks a significant milestone in the new building project.



Among the participants at the ceremony were:
UECC: Mr. Carl Fagergren (Project Manager), Mr. Jan Thore Foss (Head of Ship Management), Mr. Yoshihisa Iwai (Site Manager), Mr. Jörgen Fridh (Dept. Site Manager)
NYK: Mr. Takashi Yonezawa (Dep. Manager Ship Planning Team), Mr. Isao Ito (Group leader of LNGC Newbuildings Division)
Lloyds: Mr. Shi Xingtai (Manager of Nantong Office), Mr. Jae- Kwang (Site Surveyor)
NACKS: Mr. Chen Gong (Vice President), Mr. Shogo Matsui (Vice President), Mr. Gong Jianghua (General Manager of Quality Assurance Div.), Mr. Liu Huanming (Dep. General Manager of Production Div.)

“I am extremely proud and excited that we have fulfilled another milestone for our newbuilding TBN AUTO ECO,” said Mr. Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC. “The keel laying is an extremely crucial and important process of any new buildings and I am very appreciative of all the hard work that has been put in by our strong team, to have made this event according to our schedule. I am looking forward to see a successful construction of the most technically advanced PCTC vessel ever built,” said Mr. Edvardsen.
The next important milestone for TBN AUTO ECO is the launching, which will take place mid-April 2016.
Delivery is scheduled for end of September 2016.
For any further information, please contact:
Mr. Bjørn Svenningsen, Head of Sales & Marketing, Oslo.
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NYK Automotive Logistics (China) Co. Ltd. (NALC), a wholly owned NYK Group company established in 2011, has established a new vehicle processing centre (VPC) that will be managed by NYK Vehicle Processing Service (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. (NVPC), a joint venture (NALC 75%, Tonglit Logistics 25%) established by NALC and Taiwan-based Tonglit Logistics Co. Ltd. The new VPC will provide customers with value-added services that are in high demand in the finished vehicle logistics business in China, the world’s largest automobile market. An opening ceremony for the VPC was held on December 15.

In 2003, NYK began its finished vehicle logistics operations in China, and the company currently has finished vehicle land-transport services throughout the country, in addition to car-carrier terminal operations at the four major ports of Dalian, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. NALC handles approximately 4.5 million cars1 per year, making NALC the leading foreign-capitalized company providing finished vehicle logistics services. To meet the various needs of customers, this new VPC, which is located within 2 kilometres of a dedicated terminal for automobiles in Shanghai, will provide not only conventional services like storage, customs clearance, and PDI2 but also various value-added services such as sheeting, painting, and repairs.

In addition, to reduce the VPC’s environmental impact, solar panels are being installed on the roof by NYK Trading Corporation, an NYK Group company, and an automatic water-recycling device will filter and sterilize water used for car washes.

The NYK Group will take advantage of the creative solutions initiated in the company’s "More Than Shipping 2018" medium-term management plan, in addition to the group’s accumulated expertise and experience in finished vehicle transportation around the world, to provide higher quality services in China’s finished vehicle logistics market, where continual economic growth is expected.

14.5 million cars: the number of automobiles handled at China-based dedicated terminals and inland transportation facilities in which NYK has an ownership share

2 PDI (pre-delivery inspection): services for the inspection, repair, and supply of parts for finished vehicles prior to delivery


On October 27th, NYK Auto Logistics (Kazakhstan) LLP (NALK), an NYK Group Company, attended the Japan-Kazakhstan Business Forum to outline their business plans for the Country which includes a new inland car terminal to be launched in Astana next year.

NALK, a wholly owned subsidiary of NYK, is a logistics company for finished cars that currently operates an inland finished car terminal in Almaty, south-eastern Kazakhstan. NALK will be able to handle up to 35,000 cars per year in Kazakhstan and will further assist in submitting plans for local infrastructure improvements, a major issue that the Country is now facing.

For further details please click here.

Presented by ex-top gear presenter James May along with Kate Humble and Ant Anstead, the show was broadcast live from the Mini car production plant in Oxfordshire where they discovered how the plant manufactures a thousand cars in a day.

The show follows the Mini’s journey to Southampton where NYK employee, Andy Terry, talks James May through the complexities of loading over 4000 vehicles on to the NYK operated Triton Leader and the stringent processes behind making this happen. BBC’s James May was clearly impressed with the scale of the shipping operation commenting on the programme , ‘’ these huge boxy ships eat up all the cars off the dockside, sets off around the world and regurgitates them all over the place in chunks, a bit like an owl, a very large owl over 12 storeys high.’’ Having never been on a sea voyage before James May then went on to say ‘I’ve become strangely attached to my one mini, wanting to stay with it and see where it goes.’’

“It was a great opportunity to show the public how new vehicles reach the worldwide market and in addition to meet and work with such an icon of the motor industry, James May” commented Andrew Terry, NYK RORO European Port Facility & Operational Quality Superintendent.

If you wish to view the programme please click here (NYK footage can be viewed from 1:30:30)