GSI kicks off work on BYD’s first LNG-powered PCTC

China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) started building the first LNG-powered pure car and truck carrier for compatriot electric vehicle giant BYD.

GSI said in a statement it held on November 6 a steel-cutting ceremony for the LNG dual-fuel PCTC (Hull No. 22110041) with a capacity of 7,000 ceu.

This is the first of two LNG-powered PCTCs GSI will build for BYD.

GSI kicks off work on BYD's first LNG-powered PCTC
Image: GSI

Earlier this year, CSSC’s GSI announced this order for two LNG dual-fuel PCTCs with a capacity of 7,000 units.

The vessels will have an overall length of 199.9 meters, a width of 38 meters, a design draft of 9 meters, and design speed of 18.5 knots, according to GSI.

Also, the PCTCs will feature a battery system and a shaft generator.

BYD will take delivery of these vessels in 2025.

Besides these vessels, BYD’s unit BYD Auto has ordered four LNG-powered PCTCs with a capacity of 9,200 ceu from China Merchants Industry based on concept design developed by Deltamarin.

Finland-based designer Deltamarin, a part of China Merchants Group, said these vessels will be powered by LNG and delivery of the first vessel is scheduled for 2025.

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