Norwegian shipping company UECC has confirmed with China Ship Building Trading and Jiangnan Shipyard Group for a third battery hybrid liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel.
The vessel slated for UECC’s Atlantic short sea trade will take UECC beyond the IMO target of 40 per cent reduction in carbon intensity by 2030. 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.
“This order is another step in our commitment to cleaner shipping,” said Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC. “Our experience with LNG duel-fuel vessels has been good, and we want to keep moving forward to expand our sustainable fleet.
“When our third battery hybrid LNG PCTC is delivered in 2022, it ushers in a new era for UECC and short sea shipping in Europe.
“That will give us a total of five eco-friendly vessels in our fleet. This represents more than 50 per cent of the UECC owned fleet, and no other short sea company, or deep sea for that matter, can demonstrate such a sustainable fleet.”
Mr Edvardsen said that batteries are a key step toward next generation sustainability. “Battery power on the new vessels will improve operational efficiency and further reduce emissions through peak shaving, in addition to handling partial accommodation load and driving auxiliary equipment. It also provides an option for reducing emissions while in port, and that is becoming more important for many cities.”