First hybrid LNG battery PCTC enters service
A dual-fuel LNG battery hybrid PCTC, a technological innovation, has entered service for UECC. The maritime car carrier company took delivery of the vessel, to be named “Auto Advance”, being the first in a series of three newbuild pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) and measuring 169 by 28 m and with capacity for 3,600 vehicles on ten cargo decks – from China’s Jiangnan Shipyard.
The remaining two sister vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2022. Intricate LNG battery hybrid technology, together with an optimised hull design for better fuel efficiency, will enable these newbuilds to exceed the IMO requirement to cut carbon intensity by 40% from 2008 levels by 2030.
Emissions of carbon dioxide will be reduced by around 25%, SOx and particulate matter by 90% and NOx by 85% with the use of LNG, while the newbuilds will also meet the IMO’s Tier 3 NOx emissions limitations for the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. (sh)