Vessel Types : Car Carriers (1)

This post about Car Carriers is on with a lot of infos and details. The "Elbe Highway" is the first of the series of four innovative PCTC (Pure Car and Truck Carrier) Ro-Ro car carriers built in Gdynia Shipyard S.A. , Poland, for long-term charter for Kawasaki Europe. The shipyard design office team initiated and accomplished all the concept work on these new vessels. Along the way they were able to put into practice the yard's considerable experience in the field.

The delivery ceremony was held on 20th August 2005, exactly nine months after the commencement of steel cutting. The second ship, the "Thames Highway", exactly replicating the design of the prototype, was completed by the end of 2005.

The largest car carriers of today can handle over 6000 units. The "Elbe Highway" with her overall length of 143 m and breadth of 25 m, can carry up to 2100 units, so the total car deck capacity is comparatively small. In fact, she can be classified as the only vessel ever desingned and built expressly for carrying vehicles. The intention was to follow the innovative approach to world car transport. The crucial idea is to lower the cost of the port stay by means of emplyoing smaller cargo ships, operating as feeders.

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August 25, 2014 at 8:21 PM