Latest LCTC joins WWL

01 Sep 2008

The world's largest and most environmentally adapted car and truck carrying ship, Aniara, was named today in Bremerhaven, Germany. Built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in Korea, the 71,673 grt newbuilding is the 4th large car and truck carrier ship in a series of 11 LCTC vessels ordered by owner Wallenius Lines for worldwide service in Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics' 60-strong fleet.

Aniara is able to carry up to 8,000 cars or a combination of 3,486 cars and
466 trucks/buses. Key customer benefits of the new vessel are reinforced and moveable vehicle decks and an extra wide (9.5 metres) and strong 320 tonne capacity stern ramp. Maximum deck height is also raised to 6.5 meters and these features make Aniara one of the most versatile and flexible RoRo vessels afloat.

The new ship will replace an older and smaller vessel in the WWL Round the World service, offering great dependability of service with increased capacity for high and heavy RoRo cargoes such as agricultural, mining and construction machinery and non-containerised and static cargoes such as power generation and mining equipment.

Arild B Iversen, President and CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, said: "The introduction of Aniara demonstrates our commitment to addressing a global demand for RoRo tonnage and gives our customers added flexibility in the types of cargoes they ship with us, while reducing our impact on the environment. Our newbuilding programme represents a considerable investment in new ships that will help us deliver more versatile factory to dealer logistics service for our customers."

State of the art environmental technology is also a key feature of this new LCTC vessel utilizing world class environmental design elements. This will reduce CO2 emissions by 15 % per transported unit, as well as reducing emissions of SOx and particulate matters. She also has a very low NOx emission engine that is able to use bunkers with as low as 1% sulphur content which dramatically improves performance, reducing NOx emissions 35 % below current international regulations.

In addition, the new vessel has a number of built-in measures that will help WWL meet its ambitious environmental targets for 2008 and beyond. They include a state-of-the-art ballast water treatment system, called PureBallast, the use of tin-free anti-foulant bottom paints; using CFC and HCFC free cooling agents in refrigeration plants; using biodegradable oil in all hydraulic systems; electronically controlled cylinder oil lubricators that reduce the use of cylinder oil to a minimum and using an effective Marinfloc bilge water flocculent plant system which exceeds current international regulations. Aniara has been awarded a Green Passport.

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