MV Traviata has a capacity equal to 8,000 cars and electrically hoistable deck panels, while its sister Titus, the first vessel of this HERO class, has been operating for 10 months and has proven that all design efforts have paid off, according to Michael Hynekamp, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean’s COO.

The vessel class is setting a new benchmark in terms of energy efficiency, improving consumption with approximately 15%, resulting in considerably reduced emission levels compared to similar vessels in the global fleet

MV Titus was delivered in June 2018, while the third HERO vessel is planned to be delivered later this year and the fourth in early 2020. Titus and Traviata are the first Large Car and Truck Carriers (LCTCs) built at CSIC Xingang and the first Chinese-built LCTCs in the WW Ocean fleet.

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The vessels form part of the WW Ocean fleet renewal programme, in which older tonnage is replaced to advance total fleet efficiency. The HERO class has been designed to reduce energy consumption by improving the cargo-to-ballast ratio.

The hull has also been improved to eliminate drag and wave resistance, enhancing fuel efficiency, while the engine has been tuned for low-load operation to reduce fuel consumption.

In addition, Traviata has a bunker system that can operate on different bunker qualities and segregations, and it is prepared for sulphur 2020 implementation.

On her maiden voyage, Traviata’s first ports of call will be in Japan, loading in Omaezaki and Higashiharima. It will then sail the Asia-North America trade route.