Only from the outside, the traveler looks like a ship. The Interior is a parking garage. And what for one: 14 decks, room for 8,500 cars. At the same time, no other ship in the world can transport as many cars.
Everything about this ship is huge
Target trigger, tracer, trapper, traveller: There are five copies of this huge car transporter of the Norwegian shipping company Höegh, which makes for example VW models of Emden in the United States and Asia with their fleet of ships. On each of these 200 m long and 36 m wide vessels fit up to 8500 so-called standard car. You twitch succinctly with the shoulder? This 8,500 cars would stand in a row, would be a more than 40 km long car line.
Loading ramp support 75 elephants
On board, there are 14 decks, where the vehicles can be parked. Five of the decks are height-adjustable, so that higher vehicles can be loaded. Because are transported on Gigaliners not only small and mid-sized cars, but also trucks, construction vehicles, and what there is else heavyweights.
And even large trucks can easily roll on: the loading ramp can withstand the weight of 75 adult elephants. It can carry up to 375 tons. And when the hatch opens, not even 6.5 m giraffes must move according to Höegh head. It is another 100 cm higher. Broadly, the hatch is 12 m.
Area of ten football fields
The entire loading area on 14 decks, which are reached by ramps, is roughly the size of ten football fields with 71.400 m2. And the charge in the construction of the car liner may be how hard? Höegh describes it thus: is the weight of 91 statue of liberty.
What is the weigh of this ship? 20,500 tonnes !
And how do you get such mass moves? As the main engine provides a 14,280 kW (19.515 HP) strong six-cylinder two-stroke turbo diesel propulsion. The speed limit is just 39 km/h. At this pace, the ships of the new horizon-class on 15 routes around the globe are on the road. That even with a clear environmental conscience.
Only half of CO2 emissions
Were from the Chinese shipyard in close cooperation with the Finnish ship Designer, Xiamen shipbuilding industries’s built car carriers Delta marine Oy developed. The primary objective: using the latest technology to reduce pollutant emissions and energy consumption.
For that, the hull shape was further optimized after extensive model tests to achieve a very low fuel consumption despite high load capacity. The flow behavior under water could be improved and the wind resistance of the superstructure reduced.
According to recent estimates, the new horizon fleet of Höegh produces approximately 50% less CO2 than today’s standard towing trailer
Bigger, smarter, greener
Only energy saving LEDs used in the engine room and in the common areas, new information technology is used to ensure the energy efficiency in the operation of the vessel. In addition, the world’s largest car carrier use environmentally friendly refrigerants. And the electronically controlled main engine, the NOx values are monitored. Can also on the high seas off the auxiliary engines and used the power of the wave generator.
Bigger, smarter, greener says that Höegh to the new car transporters. Waiting on a last, the sixth ordered new-horizon car liner shipping company. Then, the Giga family is complete.