First of Its Kind LNG-Fuelled Car Carrier Hits the Water

first_imgzoom Europe’s short sea RoRo operator United European Car Carriers (UECC) has launched its new dual-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG) pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) TBN AUTO ECO.The vessel, which is the first of its kind ordered with an LNG fuel propulsion system, was built to Lloyd’s Register (LR) class.The next milestones for the ship will be sea trials and gas trials, where its dual-fuel capabilities will be put to the test and its engines will run solely on LNG.TBN AUTO ECO, which was constructed at NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China, is the first of two LR classed dual-fuel LNG PCTCs ordered in March 2014.The vessel is scheduled to be delivered to UECC on September 28, 2016 in Nantong, China, while the second car carrier is also expected to join its owner in the second half of the year.Featuring a length of 181 metres with a 30 metre beam, the vessels will have 1A super Finnish/Swedish ice class.With capacity for approximately 3,800 cars, it will be the largest PCTC type vessel specifically designed for transiting the Baltic and other ice prone areas.UECC is jointly owned by Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Sweden’s Wallenius Line.last_img read more

UN envoy Angolan President discuss partnership to consolidate peace

Following their meeting, envoy Ibrahim Gambari told reporters that he had delivered to President Jose Eduardo dos Santos a letter from the Secretary-General, which came in reply to the UN envoy’s request for UN assistance in all phases of the peace process. Mr. Gambari also said he had reported to the President on the work of the UN assessment team which he has been leading in Angola since the 10 June. Discussions focused on “specific ways in which the United Nations can be a partner in consolidating peace here in Angola, promoting national reconciliation, deepening democracy and promoting national reconstruction,” he said. Saying he had been “very well received by the President,” Mr. Gambari reported that they had reviewed the main issues of concern. “We will continue the discussions at the technical level,” he said, adding, “The rest of the team will continue their visit.” The findings of the assessment team will be included in the Secretary-General’s next report to the Security Council on necessary adjustments to the UN presence in Angola. read more