On Thursday 28th July, 2022 the 2022 built LNG Battery Hybrid Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) AUTO ACHIEVE was photographed from the air by MALTA SHIP PHOTOS around 35 nautical miles offshore Malta.
She’s the second ship from a series of 3 LNG Battery Hybrid newbuilds being built at the Jiangnan Shipyard in China with Hull number H2664. She was launched last 16th August.
UECC has been a front-runner in adapting hybrid technology for the car carrier shipping segment in pursuit of lower CO2 emissions, building on a pair of pioneering dual-fuel LNG-powered PCTCs that have now been in commercial operation for the past four years.
“The intention was to further improve on these two E-class vessels, AUTO ECO and AUTO ENERGY, by rationalising fuel consumption through the use of hybrid battery power,” explains head of ship management and newbuilding Jan Thore Foss.
He says the yard “responded to the challenge” by employing Jiangnan Shipyard Group’s internal design firm to carry out engineering work to adapt the hybrid technology, supplied by WE Tech of Finland, for the ground-breaking newbuild project.
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.
The use of a battery hybrid solution will enable UECC to exceed the IMO target to reduce carbon intensity by 40% from 2008 levels within 2030.
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.
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Published – Sunday 7th August, 2022.