The Xiamen shipbuilding industry in Cʜɪɴᴀ is constructing the new Horizon class pure car and truck carriers for the Norwegian company Hoegh Autoliners. With a capacity to transport 8,500 automotive equipment units, the carrier is the largest automobile Ro-Ro vessel in the entire globe. The post-Pᴀɴᴀᴍᴀx ships can be set up to transport both heavy and high-protect goods.
Hoegh Target, the initial vessel, was handed over in July 2015. Simple construction details for car and truck carriers. Three PCTC vessels were the subject of a contract that Hoegh Auto Liners and Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry signed in January 2013. In October 2013, the Chinese shipyard held a ceremony to cut the first piece of steel for the construction of the first vessel, Hoegh Target. The ship was delivered in July 2015 after the keel was laid in April 2014. Hoegh Autoliners placed orders with XSL for three additional vessels, bringing the total number of vessels to six. The deliveries are anticipated to be completed by 2016.
Design of the automobile carrier
Under a design agreement with XSI, the Finnish business Deltamarin created the PCTC vessel with the greatest capacity in the world. It has a DNV classification and is registered with the Norwegian International Ship Registry. New Horizon measures 199.9m in length overall and 36.5m in a breath. It measures 192m between perpendiculars. The working draft of the vessel is 9.35 meters, and the ᴅᴇᴀᴅweight at the maximum draft is roughly 15,150 tons. It has a 61,800m2 deck and a 20,800t gross tonnage capacity.
A liftable internal ramp system and a cargo hold configuration with 14 cargo decks and five hoistable car decks are elements of the cutting-edge vehicle carrier. It has a stern ramp that can accommodate about 250t of cargo. Another side ramp with a 22t carrying capacity is also present on the ship. There is room on board for up to 23 crew members. It can travel at a top speed of 21kt and has a marine endurance of up to 30,000 sea miles.
Features unique to the car and truck carrier
In addition to having an E-engine for lower NOx and SOx emissions, New Horizon has a double-hull design to reduce pollution from fuel tanks. A liftable internal ramp system and a cargo hold configuration with 14 cargo decks and five hoistable car decks are elements of the cutting-edge vehicle carrier. In addition to having an E-engine for lower NOx and SOx emissions, New Horizon has a double-hull design to reduce pollution from fuel tanks.
The ship has an aerodynamically shaped bow section with an improved ventilation fan system for simple maintenance and reduced wind resistance. It is ergonomically designed. Comparing the vessels to other ships of comparable size, they offer a 15% increase in cargo carrying capacity. A safe access system and enᴄʟᴏsᴇd bridge wings are among the safety features on board. An oily water treatment system and a ballast water system are additional components on board the automotive carrier.
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