Short Sea

Short Sea

UECC - Our Leading European Short Sea Partner

UECC (United European Car Carriers) is 50% owned by NYK and is one of Europe’s leading short sea operators.

Founded in 1990, UECC transports approximately 1.5 million units per year comprising:

  • Cars
  • Commercial vehicles
  • Trailers
  • High & Heavy units
  • Break Bulk cargo


UECC operates a fleet of 17 medium sized pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) which includes two of the first ever built dual fuel LNG PCTC's (M/V Auto Eco and M/V Auto Energy). Loading capacity ranges from 1,060 to 4,750 car equivalent units.

9 out of the 17 vessels have been built to ice class specifications. This means UECC are able to operate a continuous service in the northern waters all year-round, even when harsh ice conditions prevail

The vessels are either specially designed or adapted to operate on European short-sea routes. In addition to factory new cars and commercial vehicles, they are able to carry high and heavy cargo of all kinds.

UECC’s broad route network stretches from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean. It provides connections from all major hub ports to match the distribution needs of European-based vehicle production, as well as providing feeder services to connect with inter-continental traffic.

UECC also operates vehicle terminals and warehousing operations in a number of ports. Their services are backed up by dedicated and competent professionals and supported by proven IT solutions.


In 2016, UECC took delivery of two of the most technically advanced PCTCs ever built. They are the largest ecologically sustainable PCTCs as well as the biggest ever 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice classed PCTCs in the world.

The vessels are capable of operating with LNG fuel or heavy fuel oil as well as marine gas oil, providing greater flexibility and efficiency. They are fitted with an LNG fuel propulsion system and can complete a fourteen-day round voyage in the Baltics using solely LNG fuel, including main engine and auxiliary power generation.


In addition UECC have recently placed on order 3 Battery Hybrid LNG powered PCTC's which are due for delivery between 2021 and 2022. This will place UECC beyond IMO's target for a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.

The new orders will push the UECC dual-fuel LNG fleet to five vessels.

More information can be found on UECC’s own website.