Auto Carrier to Test Bio-Fuel


United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Japan’s Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Sweden’s Wallenius Lines, has begun a three-month trial testing of bio-fuel supplied by Amsterdam-based GoodFuels in its ro/ro vessel Autosky. The testing will involved use of 3,000 tons of sustainable biofuel by the 6,670-dwt auto carrier which operates between Zeebrugge, Belgium and Santander, Spain.

The use of bio-fuel, which requires no changes to the ship’s engines, is expected to result in a reduction of more than 6,500 tons of CO2 emissions on a well-to-wake basis.

UECC also has a pair of ro/ro newbuilds under construction that will use LNG as a fuel in combination with batteries for hybrid operation (see Pacific Maritime Magazine, Jan. 2020).

By Pacific Maritime