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Name: M/V A E UTO CO World’s First Dual Fuel LNG PCTC

Builder: Kawasaki Heavy Industries @ NACKS in China

Owner: United European Car Carriers (UECC) (Photo: UECC)

United European Car Carriers (UECC), Godmother of M/V Auto Eco; Mr. Geert dual fuel PCTCs with Kawasaki Heavy solely on LNG without refueling. Auto which is jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Bourgeois, the Minister-President of Industries at the NACKS yard in China,” Eco not only meets existing emissions

Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Walle- the Government of Flanders, Flemish said Glenn Edvardsen, CEO, UECC. regulations but also exceeds them, al- nius Lines, held a naming ceremony for Minister for Foreign Policy and Immov- “This was the start of an incredible jour- lowing her to trade in any Environment the M/V Auto Eco, a s historic ship in able Heritage; Mr. Philippe De Backer, ney - to construct the most technically Control Area, worldwide.” that it is the ? rst of two dual fuel LNG Secretary of State for the Belgian North advanced PCTC ever built, where the To make sure the vessel can trade

PCTCs with 1A Super Finnish/Swed- Sea Coast; Mr. Reneet Landuyt, Mayor LNG installation would be a pioneering safely in icy waters, Auto Eco has been ish ice class. The world’s ? rst dual fuel of Brugge; Mrs. Ingrid Schulerud, Nor- design and one of the largest employed constructed to meet the highest ice class

LNG PCTC M/V Auto Eco had her for- wegian Ambassador to Belgium; Mr. on any commercial vessel, and the larg- standard: Super 1A Finish /Swedish Ice mal naming ceremony at the Port of Zee- Masafumi Ishii, Japanese Ambassador est yet of its kind on a pure car and truck Class. She may be scheduled to trade in brugge, Belgium on November 21, 2016. to Belgium; and, Mr. Joachim Coens, carrier. It is the ? rst PCTC of its kind in the Baltic Sea, but Auto Eco is capable

Dignitaries attending the event in- President - Managing Director, Port of the world to be ? tted with a dual-fuel of sailing just about anywhere – includ- cluding: Mrs. Claire Tillekaerts, CEO Zeebrugge. “On March 6, 2014, in Oslo LNG propulsion system, allowing it to ing the Northeast or Northwest Passage of Flanders Investment & Trade, is The UECC signed a contract to build two complete a 14-day round -trip voyage if ever called upon.”

Greenland LNG powered cement carrier

Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit delivered what it is calling the world’s ? rst

LNG-powered cement tanker, MV Greenland. The delivery was preceded by an extensive program of trials and tests in which the proper working and safety of all systems was veri? ed. On December 23, MV Greenland left the harbor of Delfzijl on its ? rst commercial voyage to Rostock where it was scheduled to receive its ? rst cement load. M.V. Greenland is a dedi- cated cement carrier build for the joint venture JT Cement, in which Erik

Thun AB cooperates with KG Jebsen Cement from Norway.

According to the shipbuilder, the vessel is the ? rst ever dry cargo vessel with an LNG fueled propulsion system and LNG tanks integrated inside the hull. The design incorporates a pressurized LNG tank positioned in the foreship. The cement cargo system consists of a fully automated cement loading and unloading system, based on ? uidization of cement by means of compressed air. The cement can be loaded and unloaded fully enclosed through pipes, thus dust-free.

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