The first in a new class of four large roll-on,rolloff car and truck carriers for Wallenius Wilhelmsen, of Norway, has made her maiden call at Southampton.
The Titus, 73,358gt, is a Hero class ship, which stands for High Efficiency RoRo, and she is the first of the second group of four ships in the class and being wider than the first four enables more cargo to be carried.The second ship in this series is due to enter service before the end of the year with two more due in 2019.
The Titus was completed by Xingang Shipbuilding Heavy Industries, of Tianjin, China, last year and operates on the Asia to North America trade route. She is the first large car and truck carrier (LCTC) built by the shipyard and the first Chinese-built LCTC in the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean fleet.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen president Michael Hynekamp said: “We continue to replace older tonnage with modern vessels in line with our long-term plan. The Titus is one of the most efficient NeoPanamax vessels on the seas.”
The four ships will have a combined capacity of the equivalent of 32,000 car units. The cargo hold, with its two-pillar design and electrically-hoistable deck panels allows for flexible operations enabling breakbulk and rolling equipment to be transported as well as vehicles.
The hull is designed for efficient operations in a wide range of sea conditions and dramatically improves the cargo to ballast ration. The increased beam of 36.5m provides better stability, hence a less need for ballast water.
Extensive model testing was 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 fuel consumption in normal operation and she has a bunker system that can operate on different bunker qualities.
The new ships have the latest engines resulting in a 20 per cent reduction in NOx emissions compared with previous generations of ships. They have an exhaust gas cleaning system which removes 70 per cent of particulate matter from the air and producing less than 0.1 per cent sulphur emissions.