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United European Car Carriers was founded in 1990 and is Europe’s leading short sea RoRo operator, dedicated to the needs of the automotive industry. Today the Company transports around 1.6 million units a year, comprising cars, commercial vehicles, high & heavy equipment and trailers. UECC operates a vessel fleet of 21 Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTCs), all of which have been designed or adapted to meet the necessary flexibility and efficiency requirements of the short sea market.
Understanding customer needs is at the core of our business and we continuously strive to provide dynamic and reliable transport solutions. UECC has dedicated Customer Service teams based in Oslo and Madrid, staffed by professionals with specialist knowledge in shipping & logistics.
UECC’s shipping network covers the whole of Europe from the Baltic Sea to the eastern Mediterranean. The Company also operates vehicle terminals in a number of major ports manned by our own staff or in conjunction with selected service partners. Our shipping and terminal operations are fully supported by proven IT solutions capable of tracking cargo at a unit level.
UECC’s core activity is the short sea vehicle transportation of cars and light commercial vehicles within Europe. Each year our vessels make almost 3000 port calls involving some 70 different ports. Our fleet of purpose-built PCTC’s (pure car and truck carriers) call regularly at all corners of the European continent, including – in the north – a number of Russian ports in the Gulf of Finland and – in the south – selected North African ports..
UECC services operate on a Liner Trading pattern based on fixed sailing schedules which are published on a regular weekly basis. Our vessel fleet is also equipped to an impressive level with ships having ice class capability. This means that UECC is able to continue operating on a year-round basis in northern waters, even in the most severe winter months.
The Company has long-standing relationships with all the major automotive manufacturers and it is these that provide our main cargo base which today totals around 1.6 million units a year. This sustained level of activity since 1990 has been achieved through dedication to our customers’ needs, performed by highly competent staff at sea and ashore.
Vehicle transportation involves not only the physical movement of ships loaded with cars, but a process that starts with the evaluation of shipping requirements, preparation of vessel schedules, load planning and the organisation of shore labour. Other important activities include pre-load surveys, stowage planning and lashing. Cargo is also carefully monitored whilst at sea by the ships’ crew. UECC’s commitment to our customers’ needs ensures a smooth and efficient execution of all these actions, so that vehicles are delivered at the destination port in the agreed manner and on time.