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UECC has taken delivery of TBN AUTO ENERGY – the second of the world’s first LNG Pure Car and Truck Carriers

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.