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Mega car carrier sets sail

Wallenius Wilhelmsen's m/v ANIARA

The world’s largest car and truck carrier, m/v ANIARA.

Global shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen has added what is claimed to be “the world’s largest and most environmentally adapted” car and truck carrier, m/v ANIARA, to its fleet.

Built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in Korea, the vessel has a capacity of 8,000 cars with 71,673 gross tonnage, and is 231.6 metres high.

The company said advanced features of the vessel were reinforced and moveable vehicle decks and an extra wide and strong stern ramp, with maximum deck height also raised to 6.5 metres.

“These features make m/v ANIARA one of the most versatile and flexible RoRo vessels afloat,” it said.

The vessel is equipped with PureBallast, a chemical-free ballast water treatment system developed by Wallenius Water and Alfa Laval. It is to be approved by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

The company added: “The new vessel has 15 per cent lower CO2 emissions compared to earlier vessels, as well as reduced emissions of SOx, NOx and particulate matters.

“The vessel is also equipped with an electronically controlled main engine, assuring low emissions at part loads. To reduce NOx emissions, slide valves are installed on the main engine.”

The company said the vessel’s other environmental features included the use of tin-free bottom paints, biodegradable oil in all hydraulic systems and electronically controlled cylinder oil lubricators to minimise cylinder oil consumption. 

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