Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean welcomed MV Titus, with a capacity of 8000 cars, to its fleet of neo-panamax vessels.
“For a modern, efficient and environmentally sound fleet, Wallenius Wilhelmsen continues to replace older tonnage with modern vessels in line with their long-term plan. As she starts her journey today, Titus is one of the most efficient neo-panamax vessel on the seas,” says Michael Hynekamp, President & COO Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean.
Titus is a High Efficiency RoRo (HERO) class vessel specially designed to reduce energy consumption and emissions per tonne/kilometer cargo transported. The advanced hull is tailored for efficient operations in a wide range of sea conditions, and dramatically improves the cargo to ballast ratio. The increased beam (36.5m) provides better stability, hence less need for ballast water.
Extensive model testing has been performed to optimise the hull to reduce drag and wave resistance, thus improving fuel efficiency. The engine has been tuned for low-load operation to reduce the specific fuel consumption in normal operation and she has an efficient bunker system that can operate on different bunker qualities. The cargo hold, with its two-pillar design and electrically hoistable deck panels, allows for flexible operations and is optimised to transport breakbulk, rolling equipment and cars.
MV Titus is the first of a series of four Post-Panamax vessels with a combined capacity of 32 000 CEU. The second vessel in the series is expected to enter service later this year and two are scheduled for delivery in 2019. WW Ocean already has four vessels of the HERO design in operation, which have proven their ability to deliver from an operational and environmental perspective.
“We see that the global RoRo capacity is becoming more balanced, and our focus is to make sure we have a flexible fleet, able to ramp up and scale down capacity in line with customer demand. As rates remain under pressure and CO2 regulation for shipping is evolving, we continue to monitor developments and assess our future capacity needs,” says Hynekamp.
Titus is the first Large Car and Truck Carrier ever built at CSIC Xingang and the first Chinese built LCTC in the WW Ocean fleet. From pre-contract stage to delivery, the project has been supervised by Wallenius Marine.
On her maiden voyage, Titus’ first port of call will be Yantai, from where she will be sailing the Asia – North America trade.