Specifically, the vessels will have a Battery Hybrid LNG Solution which will place UECC beyond IMO’s target for a 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030. The vessels will be also complying with Tier 3 IMO NOx emission limitations coming into force the Baltic and the North Sea from 2021. Regarding the 2021 CO2 reduction regulations, the ships will also be equipped with dual-fuel LNG engines for main propulsion and auxiliaries.

This is a giant leap towards decarbonization, and unlike anything else that has been done previously in our industry, I believe, and something that we are extremely proud of

UECC’s CEO, Glenn Edvardsen, believes.

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As for their characteristics, the ships will feature a length overall of 169 meters, a width of 28 meters and a car carrying capacity of 3 600 units on 10 cargo decks, of which 2 decks are hoistable. They will also have a quarter ramp of 160 metric tons safe working load and a side ramp of 20 metric tons safe working load and can accommodate cargo units up to 5.2 meters high.

For his part, UECC’s Head of Ship Management, Jan Thore Foss, commented that for UECC LNG has been very good and 'there was really no other alternative' for the company. He explained that LNG will cut the CO2 emissions by around 25%.

To make the vessels even more environmentally friendly and reduce CO2 emissions, the ships will also be equipped with battery packages. In addition, as more bio fuels are expected to become commercially available in the future, UECC aspires to use carbon neutral and synthetic fuels as part of its future fuel mix.