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DNV awards AiP for world’s largest car carrier design by Jinling Shipyard

Photo: DNV 11000 ceu PCTC AiP award
DNV awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate to China Merchants Jinling Shipyard for the largest ever car carrier design.

The AiP for the 11,000 ceu capacity pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) design was awarded to the shipyard at Marintec China.

Recognised as the world's largest PCTC, the 234 metre long and 40 metre wide ship will have 14 decks allowing 11,000 ceu to be stored simultaneously, which not only increases efficiency but also reduces the transport cost per vehicle.

Shipyards have been seeing strong demand for PCTC newbuildings as car carrier owners and operators enjoy a strong market.

By implementing a combination of decarbonisation measures, the so-called “Super Large Smart Green 11,000”design will result in a significant reduction in carbon emissions, in line with the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase 3 and NOx Tier III. The PCTC will use LNG as its primary fuel and will be equipped with a 4,200 cu metre LNG storage tank.

With the assistance of ship designer Deltamarin, the hull line of the vessel has been optimised. Additional energy-saving features include a stern flow optimisation device and an air lubrication system. The integration of hybrid propulsion systems and solar power further underlines the commitment to reducing energy consumption.

"We expect the market for electric vehicles to continue to grow, driving demand for PCTCs. Scale, energy efficiency and low carbon fuel are key to reducing emissions from the transport of these vessels. As a leading class for car carriers, DNV is honoured to be entrusted with the assessment of this next generation of car carriers and we look forward to working with China Merchants to bring these vessels to the water," said Norbert Kray, Regional Manager Greater China at DNV Maritime.

According to China Merchants, the shipyard is already in discussions with potential customers for the 11,000 ceu PCTC

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