The vessels will be equipped with a Battery Hybrid LNG Solution which will place UECC beyond IMO’s target for a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030,

...the company explained.

As part of efforts to reduce environmental footprint, UECC, Jiangnan Shipyard and leading ship Designer Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) will build the PCTCs according to the latest energy efficiency criteria.

Namely, the vessels are expected to meet the Tier 3 IMO NOx emission limitations coming into force the Baltic and the North Sea from 2021.

In respect of the 2021 CO2 reduction regulations, the vessels will also be equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries.

The LNG solution is expected to reduce the CO2 emission by about 25%, said UECC’s Head of Ship Management, Jan Thore Foss.

As more bio fuels are set to become commercially available in the future, UECC aims to also use carbon neutral and synthetic fuels as part of our future fuel mix. In our strategy we take a long-term view, and that's why we go for a battery hybrid LNG fuel solution on our new buildings,

...stated UECC’s CEO, Glenn Edvardsen.

The newbuilding contract also has options for two additional vessels, and the first vessel is planned for delivery in 2021.

Pure car truck ­carriers (PCTC) are a type of RoRo vessel with a capacity up to 8000 CEU (Car Equivalent Units), a ramp capacity of 320 tonnes (in WWL’s case) and a deck height up to 6.5 meters.