Noatum uses full potential of UECC’s new hybrid vessel at Pasaia
Transport and logistics services provider Noatum will be handling the UECC’s new pure car, truck carrier (PCTC) Auto Advance more often at the Noatum UECC terminal in Pasaia, Spain. The facility is a multimodal terminal for handling vehicles, H&H and general cargo through platform loaded and unloaded by vessel, truck or train.
Auto Advance is part of UECC’s new fleet of the world’s first hybrid vessels for vehicle transport, which are capable of running simultaneously on diesel, natural gas and a bank of batteries, to improve the vessels’ energy efficiency and reduce emissions, as well as being equipped to run on any other type of fuel in the future.
The Noatum UECC terminal in Pasaia forecasts positive results for the automotive sector, with projections of up to 240,000 vehicles for this year, positioning 2022 as a transition year. However, the new vessels with 169 metres in length are not only well suited for handling and vehicle transport but also ro-ro cargo of all types, such as cargo that is loaded in mafi and which may include general cargo.
The Auto Advance is consigned and stowed by Noatum UECC Pasaia and approximately 1,075 units have been loaded at the Basque terminal recently, mainly vehicles from Opel, Citroën, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Iveco.
The new vessels are being built in China, with a length of 169 metres and the capacity to carry up to 3,600 vehicles across 10 decks. Auto Advance, was built last year and passed through Pasaia recently on its route towards Northern Europe. The vessel is expected to become part of the rotation that UECC operates between Santander-Pasaia-Zeebrugge-Southampton-Santander.
Noatum stressed that as a port terminal, it is committed to providing the necessary equipment and facilities to handle the volumes of cargo it receives.