Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) welcomed the MV Titus, the latest WW Ocean Neo-Panamax vessel on her maiden voyage, in the Port of Port Elizabeth yesterday.
The MV Titus, which is sailing the Asia to North America trade route on her maiden voyage, has been specifically designed to reduce energy consumption and emissions per ton/km cargo transported. She is the first Large Car and Truck Carrier (LCTC) ever built at the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s (CSIC) Xingang Shipyard and the first Chinese built LCTC in the WW Ocean fleet.
First in a series of four new vessels
The MV Titus is also the first in a series of four new Post-Panamax vessels due to enter the WW Ocean fleet in the months to come. The second vessel is expected to enter service later this year with two more due 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.
Improved fuel efficiency
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, she also 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.
Sailing under the flag of Malta, the ship is registered in the Port of Valletta, she has a gross tonnage of 73 358 MT, a deadweght of 23 891.9 MT and a length of 199.9 m.
A flexible fleet for future
As she stats her journey, the Titus is one of the most efficient Neo-Panamax vessels on the sea. The four new vessels will have a combined capacity of 32 000 car equivalent units (CEU), adding flexibility to the WW Ocean fleet.
As part of the Wallenius Wilhelmsen group, WW Ocean is a leading provider of deep-sea ocean transportation for cars, trucks, rolling equipment and breakbulk cargo. For a modern, efficient and environmentally sound fleet, Walenius Wilhelmsin continues to replace older tonnage with modern vessels.
What is a HERO vessel?
HERO refers to High Efficiency Ro Ro – a specialised type of car carrier introduced by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WW Ocean) in 2015 to maximise on the widening of the Panama Canal international trade route. These ships boast increased width and capacity, greater flexibility for a variety of vehicles and other wheeled or trailer-borne cargo, as well as reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
These HERO class vessels offer greater capacity than the usual roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels, which are all big, boxy vessels with multiple decks built to carry thousands of vehicles on high-volume routes.
Personal welcome to our port
Captain Brynn Adamson (TNPA’s Harbour Master) handed a commemorative plaque to the captain of the vessel, Captain Ulf Marderyd, during a ceremony on board the vessel yesterday morning.
“We are proud to be part of this momentous occasion and milestone in WW Ocean’s history. Being able to receive a vessel of this magnitude in our port and efficiently handle its cargo confirms the quality of our infrastructure, equipment and skilled workforce. We look forward to welcoming other vessels of the HERO calibre and are committed to providing sound operational performance and turnaround times for our customers facilitating economic growth in our region,” Adamson said.
The vessel handled approximately 1050 moves – 800 imports for Volkswagen, Opel and Bentley and 250 exports all for Volkswagen. She was guided into the port with the aid of two tugs boats by Pilot Gregory Stone. The vessel berthed at approximately 06:00 yesterday morning and she sailed to the Port of East London at 18:30 yesterday evening.