The world’s largest car carrier has arrived in Hampshire as part of its maiden voyage.
The Hoegh Target, which has capacity for 8,500 cars and deck space of 85,394 square yards (71,400 sq m), is visiting Southampton on its journey from East Asia to Europe and onwards via Africa.
The 656ft (200m) long vessel with 14 decks is the first of six to be owned by Hoegh Autoliners and is the world’s largest pure car and truck carrier (PCTC).
Steinar Lovdal, head of capacity management at Hoegh Autoliners, said: “The launch of Hoegh Target is a milestone in the company’s history. This is the first Post Panamax PCTC that we take delivery of and the New Horizon design truly represents state-of-the-art engineering.”
The Hoegh Target is intended to minimise its impact on the environment, with the hull designed to aid low fuel consumption.
Mr Lovdal said: “In Hoegh Autoliners, we have a deeply held belief in the necessity of taking responsibility for the environment in which we operate. It is with great pride that we today name a vessel that is estimated to emit 50% less CO2 per car transported than a standard car carrier.”
The vessel also has a higher door opening than the firm’s current vessels, enabling cargo up to 21ft (6.5m) high and 39ft (12m) wide to be loaded, and with extra ramp strength to allow cargo weighing up to 375 tonnes to be loaded over the stern ramp and 22 tonnes over the side ramp.
Hoegh Autoliners hit the headlines in January when its ship the Osaka, with 1,400 vehicles on board, was deliberately grounded on a sandbank in the Solent after it began listing as it left Southampton port.