Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry (XSI) in C is building the new Horizon-class pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) for N-based Höegh Autoliners. The carriers are the world’s largest automobile Ro-Ro vessels, with a capacity of 8,500 car equivalent units (CEU). The post-Px vessels can also be configured to carry both high and heavy project cargo. Höegh Target, the first vessel, was delivered in July 2015.
Construction details for a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC). In January 2013, Höegh Autoliners signed a contract with Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry for three PCTC vessels. Höegh Target’s construction began in October 2013 with a steel-cutting ceremony at the Chinese shipyard. The keel was laid in April 2014, and the ship was delivered in July 2015. Höegh Autoliners ordered three more vessels from XSI, bringing the total number of vessels to six. The deliveries are expected to be completed by 2016.
Design of the automobile carrier
Deltamarin, a Finnish company, designed the world’s largest PCTC vessel under a design contract with XSI. It is registered with the Norwegian International Ship Registry (NIS) and has a DNV classification. New Horizon measures 199.9m in length and 36.5m in width. It measures 192m between perpendiculars. The operating draft of the vessel is 9.35m, and the weight at the maximum draft is approximately 15,150t. It has a gross tonnage capacity of 20,800t and a deck area of 61,800m2.
The cutting-edge vehicle carrier has a liftable internal ramp system in a cargo hold layout with 14 cargo decks and five hoistable car decks. It has a stern ramp and can carry approximately 250t of cargo. The vessel also has another side ramp with a carrying capacity of 22t. The vessel can accommodate up to 23 crew members. It has a sea endurance of up to 30,000 miles and a top speed of 21 knots.
Car and truck carrier characteristics
New Horizon has a double-hull construction to reduce pollution from fuel tanks and an E-engine to reduce NOx and SOx emissions. “The cutting-edge vehicle carrier has a liftable internal ramp system in a cargo hold layout with 14 cargo decks and five hoistable car decks.” New Horizon has a double-hull construction to reduce pollution from fuel tanks and an E-engine to reduce NOx and SOx emissions.
The ship is ergonomically designed with an aerodynamically shaped bow section and an enhanced ventilation fan system for easy maintenance and reduced wind resistance. The ships have 15% more cargo-carrying capacity than other ships of comparable size. A safe access system and enᴄʟᴏsᴇd bridge wings are among the safety features aboard. A ballast water system and an oily water treatment system are also available on the automobile carrier.
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