The Norway registered 20,766 DWT PCTC has claimed to be the world’s largest in the Industry and has been built with new fuel saving technology. It is the first post-panamax vessel to be added to Norwegian ship-owner Höegh Autoliner’s fleet of 52 vessels. The company plans to procure five similar PCTCs over the next year-and-a-half.
Built with an optimised hull to minimize fuel consumption, the Chinese shipbuilding Xiamen Shipbuilding Industry categorises this as an “eco” design. Each PCTC has a carrying capacity of 8,500 car equivalent units and a deck space of 71,400 square meters.
The new features of Hoegh Target are, its door , which opens much higher than other PCTCs. It can load cargo 6.5 meters high and 12 meters wide. An additional 375 tons can be loaded over the stern ramp and 22 tons over the side ramp. The Hoegh Target will sail from East Asia to Europe for her maiden voyage and return from Europe via Africa and Oceania to East Asia.