‘Eco-friendly’ LNG-fuelled PCTCs delivering Oslo’s ‘energy-efficient’ trams

UECC has announced that its ‘eco-friendly’ dual-fuel LNG pure car, truck carrier (PCTC) vessels are now being used to deliver new energy-effiicient trams to the City of Oslo – and new LNG battery-hybrid ships will be ‘joining the mix in 2021’.

UECC CEO Glenn Edvardsen commented: ‘Oslo is dedicated to building a green future, and these new energy-efficient trams will be tangible proof of those efforts. UECC is proud that our eco-friendly PCTC vessels were chosen to be part of this important delivery.’

The first tram was loaded on the UECC dual-fuel LNG PCTC Auto Eco in Pasajes, Spain on 11 September, then transshipped onto the conventionally powered M/V Spica Leader in Zeebrugge, arriving in Drammen on 19 September. 

Another four trams will be delivered in 2020, with regular shipments commencing in September 2021 and continuing through the delivery of all 87 vehicles.

‘UECC will take delivery of our first LNG battery-hybrid PCTC at the end of 2021, with two more to follow,’ Edvardsen said. ‘Once these vessels join our fleet, we expect to deliver the remainder of the new trams all the way to Norway using this world-leading eco technology.’

For the Oslo delivery, UECC is cooperating with the Spanish mobility company CAF, producer of the trams, and Noatum Logistics (UGL), the Spanish freight forwarding company. The trams will be shipped partially assembled, with final assembly, testing and detailing to be completed upon delivery in Oslo.

The total value of the tram order is estimated in excess of NOK 4 billion (€360 million). All 87 trams are expected to be in service by the end of 2024.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor