Watch the debut of UECC’s giant hybrid car transporter at Grimsby River Terminal
The future of multi-fuel in the shipping industry is here with pioneering vessels equipped with hybrid technology solutions beginning to “strut” around global ports.
One such example is the 2022-built deep-sea car transporter MV Auto Achieve, which made its debut at Grimsby River Terminal (GRT), the port of Grimsby in the UK. This is the first time that the terminal has hosted an offshore car carrier powered by a multi-fuel liquefied natural gas (LNG)/battery hybrid engine. The ship was carrying a cargo of Kia electric vehicles. In its strategy until 2045, Kia has committed to achieving carbon neutrality.
“Part of this plan focuses on working with our supply chain partners to reduce emissions throughout our value chain. UECC’s MV Auto Achieve vessel is a great example of innovation to improve emissions reduction and we are proud that our new electrified vehicles are being transported via one of the cleanest methods possible today,” Paul Philpott, Chairman and CEO of Kia UK Ltd. commented.
MV Auto Achieve, owned by United European Car Carriers (UECC), was built this year at Jiangnan Shipyard, China, and is the second pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessel in the sustainable fleet of the ‘company. It is also the first Eukor ship to come to the GRT.
Daniel Gent, Head of Energy and Sustainable Development, UECC, said the ship’s hybrid multi-fuel LNG battery system can bring customers a carbon reduction of up to 40%.
“In addition, the vessel’s unique design helps improve air quality in the port and local area. Grimsby is an important place that holds over 30 years of history for our organization, and we are extremely proud to see our new ship here today,” he noted.
According to the UECC, these multi-fuel engine vessels reduce carbon dioxide emissions by around 25%, SOx and particulates by 90% and NOx by 85% thanks to the use of LNG and are also adaptable. low-carbon fuels such as bio-LNG and synthetic fuels as they become available.