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Grimsby welcomes first LNG battery hybrid PCTC

ABP UECC LNG battery hybrid powered car carrier
Grimsby River Terminal (GRT) had its first call from an LNG/battery hybrid deep sea car carrier.

The pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) MV Auto Achieve is owned by United European Car Carriers (UECC) and was built in 2022 at Jiangnan Shipyard, China. The vessel was carrying a cargo of Kia vehicles, and called GRT instead of its usual call at the Port of Immingham’s Humber International Terminal (HIT).  

UECC said the vessel offers a 25% carbon dioxide emissions saving, along with a 90% drop in SOx and particulate emissions and 85% drop in NOx emissions, with further future emissions savings possible through the use of bioLNG or e-LNG.

Simon Bird, Regional Director for the Humber Ports said: “We are delighted that Kia have chosen the Port of Grimsby to bring this car carrier to. This is a great opportunity to see how sustainable vessels can be and LNG fuelled ones are growing in popularity. We expect to see more of them in our ports as operators look to lower their carbon footprint.” 

Paul Philpott, President and CEO of Kia UK Ltd, said: “UECC’s MV Auto Achieve vessel is a great example of innovation to enhance emissions reduction and we’re proud to have our new electrified vehicles transported via one of the cleanest methods possible today.”

Daniel Gent, Energy and Sustainability Manager, UECC, said: “We are delighted to welcome to Grimsby our vessel Auto Achieve, the greenest and most technologically advanced car carrier built to date. Powered by a multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid system, our customers benefit from a carbon reduction up to 40% whilst transporting their cargo onboard. Additionally, the vessels unique design allows for improved air quality in the port and the local area. Grimsby is an important place that holds more than 30 years of history for our organisation, and we are immensely proud to see our newest vessel here today.” 


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