UECC has celebrated the New Year in fitting style with the launch of the third and final newbuild in a
series of advanced dual-fuel LNG battery hybrid PCTCs that are being rolled out in rapid succession
at China’s Jiangnan Shipyard.
“We are rapidly building up our low-emission fleet to become the leading eco-friendly shortsea
carrier in Europe through the addition of these newbuilds that will, alongside the use of alternative
fuels on our existing vessels, drastically reduce UECC’s environmental footprint,” says chief executive
The innovative use of battery hybrid technology, combined with a dual-fuel solution, on the latest
newbuilds will enable these vessels to exceed the IMO’s goal to cut carbon intensity by 40% within
2030 compared with 2008 levels.
Emissions of carbon dioxide will be reduced by around 25%, SOx and particulate matter by 90% and
NOx by 85% from the use of LNG, while the newbuilds will also meet the IMO’s Tier 3 NOx emissions
limitations for the North Sea and Baltic Sea.
“The first of these ground-breaking newbuilds is already in commercial operation and UECC’s
ambition to take our fleet to the next level of environmental performance by mid-2022 remains
firmly on track thanks to the yard’s adaptability, expertise and productivity,” Edvardsen adds.
With the addition of the newbuilds, UECC will have 80% of its total lifting capacity meeting or
exceeding the IMO target already this year as it aims to achieve an annual cut of 34,500 tonnes in
CO2 emissions by 2025, compared with 18,700 tonnes in 2020 and 277 tonnes in 2016.