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China Merchants presents PCTC with 11,000 CEU

Shipbuilder China Merchants has now received an Aproval in Principle (AiP) from DNV for the design of the world’s largest car carrier. The PCTC is to have a capacity of 11,000 CEU.

At the Marintec China trade fair, DNV awarded China Merchants Jinling Shipyard (Nanjing) an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate for its design of a pure car and truck transporter (PCTC) with a capacity of 11,000 CEU. The 234 m long and 40 m wide vessel will have 14 decks on which 11,000 car equivalents (CEU) can be loaded simultaneously, which should not only increase efficiency but also reduce transportation costs per vehicle. [ds_preview]

Through a combination of decarbonization measures, the so-called “Super Large Smart Green 11,000” concept is expected to lead to a significant reduction in carbon emissions that meet the stringent requirements of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) Phase 3 and NOx Stage III. The PCTC is powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is equipped with a 4,200 m³ LNG tank.

With the support of ship designer Deltamarin, the ship’s hull line was optimized through numerous CFD calculations and ship model tests. Additional energy-saving features include a stern flow optimization device and an air lubrication system that effectively minimize drag and reduce the required propulsion power.

According to the shipyard, the integration of hybrid propulsion systems and solar energy further underline its commitment to reducing energy consumption.

Already in talks with potential customers for PCTC

“We assume that the market for electric vehicles will continue to grow and that demand for PCTCs will increase. Size, energy efficiency and low-carbon fuel are key to reducing emissions in the transportation of these vessels,” said Norbert Kray, Regional Manager Greater China at DNV Maritime.

According to China Merchants, the shipyard is already in talks with potential customers for the 11,000-CEU PCTC.

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