Delivery of World's First LNG-fueled Car Carrier Auto Eco

Sep. 30, 2016

Tokyo, September 30, 2016 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the September 29 delivery of the Auto Eco (official naming scheduled for late November; Kawasaki hull no. 8019, NACKS hull no. NE212), a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessel capable of transporting 4,000 vehicles. The ship was delivered to United European Car Carriers (UECC) at the Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (NACKS) shipyard in Nantong, China.

The Auto Eco is the world's first PCTC vessel to use a dual-fuel engine (ME-GI engine) for both the main and auxiliary engines, which can be run using either liquefied natural gas (LNG) or heavy fuel oil (marine gas oil). As regulations imposed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on various types of exhaust gas grow increasingly strict, Kawasaki is focusing on the building of a wide array of ships that run primarily on LNG in response to the predicted rise in global demand for LNG-fueled vessels. In addition to transport vessel construction, the company plans to build LNG supply ships and also take advantage of the synergy achieved through coordinated application of the wide range of LNG-related technologies possessed by the Kawasaki Group in order to establish the supply chains necessary for the transition to widespread LNG fuel dissemination. All of these measures are part of active efforts toward making LNG a primary fuel source throughout the commercial shipping industry.

Delivery, principal particulars, and features of the vessel are as described below.

Delivery September 29, 2016
Principal Particulars
Length overall Approx. 181 m
Length between perpendiculars 170.50 m
Molded breadth 30.00 m
Molded depth 30.22 m
Full draft 9.60 m
Total tonnage 42,424 t
Deadweight tonnage 16,995 t
Total loading car capacity 3,985 cars
Main engine MAN B&W 8S50ME-C8.2-GI
Maximum continuous output: 11,100 kW at 113 rpm
Complement 30 people
Class Lloyd's Register of Shipping
Registry Madeira

Advantages Offered by the Auto Eco

  1. The Auto Eco is the world's first PCTC vessel to use a dual-fuel engine for both the main and auxiliary engines, which can be run on either heavy fuel oil or LNG. Compared with heavy fuel oil firing, use of LNG as the main engine's fuel source can cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 23%, nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 13%, sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions by 92% and particulate matter (PM) emissions by 37%. Furthermore, the adoption of LNG as fuel enables the fulfillment of Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase 3 standards.
  2. Offering a standard cargo capacity of 3,985 vehicles, this PCTC vessel is designed to facilitate highly efficient use of interior space. Vehicles loaded with dangerous substances or cargo can be secured on the boarding deck for transport.
  3. Two levels of the ship's ten-story car-loading decks are movable, and because two stories' worth of space has been set aside for these movable sections, they can be flexibly converted into bigger loading spaces when transporting buses, trucks and various other large vehicles.
  4. The Auto Eco is also designed to meet the highest Finnish-Swedish ice class 1A Super specifications, enabling navigation of the severe, ice-filled waters of the Baltic Sea.


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