Keel Laying Ceremony

For UECC's TBN AUTO ECO Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC)

Nantong, China - 06.10.2015

As reported earlier, United European Car Carriers (UECC), jointly owned by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) and Wallenius Lines, has signed a contract to construct two dual fuel LNG PCTCs with 1A Super Finnish/Swedish ice class.

A formal keel laying ceremony for the first of the two vessels, TBN AUTO ECO took place at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China 15.12.2015.

The keel laying was completed according to the project plan and marks a significant milestone in the new building project.

The steel cutting ceremony was attended by:

UECC: Mr. Carl Fagergren (Project Manager), Mr. Jan Thore Foss (Head of Ship Management), Mr. Yoshihisa Iwai (Site Manager), Mr. Jörgen Fridh (Dept. Site Manager)

NYK: Mr. Takashi Yonezawa (Dep. Manager Ship Planning Team), Mr. Isao Ito (Group leader of LNGC Newbuildings Division)

Lloyds: Mr. Shi Xingtai (Manager of Nantong Office), Mr. Jae- Kwang (Site Surveyor)

NACKS: Mr. Chen Gong (Vice President), Mr. Shogo Matsui (Vice President), Mr. Gong Jianghua (General Manager of Quality Assurance Div.), Mr. Liu Huanming (Dep. General Manager of Production Div.)

“I am extremely proud and excited that we have fulfilled another milestone for our newbuilding TBN AUTO ECO,” said Mr. Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC. “The keel laying is an extremely crucial and important process of any new buildings and I am very appreciative of all the hard work that has been put in by our strong team, to have made this event according to our schedule. I am looking forward to see a successful construction of the most technically advanced PCTC vessel ever built,” said Mr. Edvardsen.

The next important milestone for TBN AUTO ECO is the launching, which will take place mid-April 2016. Delivery is scheduled for end of September 2016.

For any further information, please contact: 

Mr. Bjørn Svenningsen, Head of Sales & Marketing, Oslo. 
Telephone:  +47 90160455