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.
A formal steel cutting ceremony for the first of the two vessels took place at the NACKS shipyard in Nantong, China 06.08.2015.
The steel cutting ceremony was attended by: Mr. Masataka Ishino/Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Mr. Takashi Yonesawa/NYK Planning Team/Technical Group, Mr. Peter Anderson/UECC New Building Project Manager, Mr. Glenn Edvardsen/UECC CEO, Mr. Han Chengmin/NACKS President, Mr. Thomas Thue/UECC CFO, Mr. Carl Fagergren/Wallenius Marine Project Manager of Strategic Projects, Mr. Akira Ryu/Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Mr. Jim Smith/Lloyds North Asia Marine Manager and Mr. Masanori Mizuno/NACKS, President (seen from left to right in the attached picture).
“It is a great pleasure and an honour to be here at NACKS to mark the steel cutting of our newbuilding number 212, the first of two vessels, ordered by UECC, but yet to be named”, said Mr. Glenn Edvardsen, CEO of UECC during his opening remarks. Mr. Edvardsen continued his speech and said “This steel cutting ceremony marks a very special moment of pride, joy and emotion for all personnel at UECC, both on land as well as at sea. I have no doubt that this day will be seen as a significant milestone in UECC's history. I therefore, feel specially privileged, to be present here at NACKS today to witness the historic inauguration of the work on our first of the two LNG fuelled vessels”. Mr. Edvardsen ended his speech with the following statement “From all of us at UECC to all of you; all the best of success for the construction of the most technically advanced PCTC vessel ever build”.
The next milestone is the keel laying, which will take place close to Christmas 2015, and the delivery of the first newbuilding is scheduled for the end of Q3-2016 and the second towards the end of Q4-2016.
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