The Traviata can accommodate up to 8,000 cars and follows its sister vessel, Titus, which is the first vessel in the HERO class fleet that called in Southampton last summer.

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Vessels in this new class aspire to improve the environmental footprint of the automotive shipping line’s fleet. They are equipped with scrubbers, thus removing 70% of particulate matter from the air and limiting sulphur content to less than 0.1% of exhaust emissions.

Alastair Welch ABP Southampton Director, stated:

It is great news that shipping lines are becoming far more energy efficient. Accelerating the steady progress that has been made in recent years around air quality is a key part of our own long-term commitments to sustainable operations

For his side, Paul Barker General Manager Port Operations at Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions, expressed his gratitude that a new vessel made its maiden call and the Traviata achieves new standards when it comes to its environmental footprint.