UECC with a new weekly line service from Cuxhaven

Sustainable short sea transports through LNG propulsion

Cuxhaven, 21st October 2021 | The Norwegian shipping company UECC added Cuxhaven to its Baltic Service at the beginning of October. In the deep sea port at the mouth of the Elbe, various imports from Russia and Finland are unloaded and loaded into the European hinterland. In addition, there are regular transports from UECC from Cuxhaven to the United Kingdom and other network ports of the shipping company, such as Zeebrugge. The two LNG-powered ro-ro carriers “Auto Energy” and its sister ship “Auto Eco” are used alternately on a weekly basis. The members of the Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven (HWG), BREB and Cuxport oversee the calls for the 181-meter-long and 30-meter-wide car transporters.

 The “Auto Energy” and its sister ship “Auto Eco” can each load a large number of different rollable goods on ten decks and a total area of ​​31,900 square meters. For example, the two ships offer space for 4,000 cars. In addition, they are equipped with ramps that can accommodate loads weighing 160 tons. As part of the UECC Baltic Service, the two car carriers from St. Petersburg in Russia and Hanko in Finland dock at Cuxhaven. In the deep-sea port at the mouth of the Elbe, the imports are unloaded and loaded into the European hinterland. When exporting to the UK, but also to other European network ports of the shipping company, such as Zeebrugge, new vehicles from a premium manufacturer are loaded, general cargo such as steel, forest products, machines and transport systems as well as project loads are handled and transported on MAFI trailers. Terminal operator and HWG member Cuxport is responsible for unloading and loading.

“Cuxhaven is one of the largest automobile loading ports in Germany. As a lock-free deep-water port with transshipment points nearby, the port of Cuxhaven offers the ideal conditions for the fast and smooth handling of large RoRo ships such as the ‘Auto Energy’ and the ‘Auto Eco’, “says Oliver Fuhljahn, Head of Business Development Automobile Logistics at Cuxport.

The Norwegian shipping company pays particular attention to more environmentally friendly propulsion systems for its ships. UECC is considered a pioneer in the use of hybrid technology on board Pure Car / Truck Carriers (PCTCs). The “Auto Energy” and the “Auto Eco” are powered by a dual-fuel engine that runs on both LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) and diesel. This means that the ships commissioned in 2017 are among the world’s first car carriers powered by liquefied gas. Since its introduction into the European liner network, UECC has reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 18 million kilograms annually. In addition, the ships can also be operated with synthetic fuels in the future, which will enable an even greater reduction in emissions. UECC also plans to introduce three new dual fuel LNG battery hybrid PCTCs in 2022.

“Sustainability is now firmly anchored in the corporate strategies of car manufacturers. This is also integrated into their decision-making processes when selecting transport and logistics service providers. UECC has taken a pioneering role in the field of carbon-neutral shipping. Together with our customers, we show that environmentally conscious transport also makes economic sense. We look forward to using our LNG-powered ships in our regular traffic to Cuxhaven”, says Bjorn O. Gran Svenningsen, Director Sales and Marketing at UECC.

The shipping company’s line agency has been HWG member BREB GmbH & Co. KG in Cuxhaven since 2011. Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of the HWG, Arne Ehlers, adds: “Ports must make their contribution to protect the climate and environment. We therefore strive to continuously develop the Cuxhaven location in terms of technology and sustainability. Cuxhaven was one of the first German seaports to be regularly called by LNG-powered cargo ships. We are therefore very pleased about the new line service from Cuxhaven of UECC with their LNG-powered RoRo carriers.”


About the HWG

The Hafenwirtschaftsgemeinschaft Cuxhaven e.V. is an amalgamation of Cuxhaven companies, institutions and private individuals with the aim of marketing and further developing the port location at the mouth of the Elbe. In addition, HWG is committed to positioning Cuxhaven as an important port location for offshore wind energy in Germany.

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