The new orders will increase the UECC duel-fuel LNG fleet to five vessels, representing over 50% of the UECC owned fleet. As Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC, said, the third battery hybrid LNG PCTC will be delivered in 2022.
He also highlighted that it is important to have experience in the decision to invest in battery hybrid LNG.
A ship is a significant and long-term investment. We wanted to expand the use of new technologies to meet or exceed future sustainability requirements, and we feel our choice with the first two LNG vessels has been justified over nearly three years of operation. This experience gives us the confidence to move forward with even more eco-friendly technologies
The battery-hybrid solution will enable UECC to go beyond the IMO target of 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030. What is more, the three vessels will also meet the IMO Tier 3 NOx emissions limitations entering into force in the Baltic and North Sea from 2021 keel lays.
UECC's CEO added that battery power on the new ships will enhance operational efficiency and further reduce emissions through peak shaving, in addition to handling partial accommodation load and driving auxiliary equipment. Moreover, it provides an option for reducing emissions while in port.