Norwegian car carrier operator UECC has signed shipbuilding contracts with CSSC-affiliated Jiangnan Shipyard for the construction of up to four 3,600 ceu pure car truck carriers (PCTCs).
The contract includes firm orders for two ships and two options of one ship each.
The car carriers will be fitted with a diesel/LNG dual fuel propulsion system and supplement battery power system, and will be deployed for short sea routes in Europe.
The order also marks Jiangnan Shipyard’s re-entry into the car carrier market after 30 years. The last time the shipyard built a car carrier was in 1988, China’s first shipyard to construct a car carrier.
UECC currently operates a fleet of six PCTCs with capacity ranging from 1,200 ceu to 4,000 ceu.