WWL adds new HERO Class vehicle carrier

APRIL 21, 2016—Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has added to its latest generation of Roll-on/Roll-off vehicle carriers with the addition of the M/V Theben, the third in a series of eight High Efficiency RoRo (HERO) class "Post Panamax” vessels to be launched in the years 2015-2017.

The Singapore-flagged Theben joins her sister vessels, the Thalatta and the Thermopylae in the line of RoRo vessels taking advantage of the new vessel size limit based on the third set of Panama Canal locks expected to commence operation on June 26 this year.

Like her sister vessels, 75,283 gt Theben measures almost 200 meters long, 36.5 meters wide and features five liftable car decks, allowing for multiple configurations and a wide variety of customer cargo. The vessel can transport up to 8,000 car equivalent units. With the new draft, it can call ports with shallower depths, increasing her geographical scope of service.

Theben has a specially designed hull shape, rudder and bow to reduce drag and wave resistance, thus improving fuel efficiency. It is also fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system that reduces sulfur emissions to below 0.1 per cent in compliance with ECA regulations and removes 70 per cent of particulate matter. All HERO class vessels comply with the IMO’s guidelines on ship recycling.

The Theben began loading on April 18 in Yokohama, Japan, for its maiden voyage in the Asia-Europe trade.

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