In keeping with its goal to meet today’s challenges with innovation, responsibility and sustainability, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics recently launched the Thalatta, the company’s newest High Efficiency RoRo (HERO) vessel. The Thalatta joins the Thermopylae as the second in the company’s fleet of Post-Panamax vessels optimally designed to increase capacity and flexibility while reducing emissions. Post-Panamax is the new standard vessel size based on the width of new locks being built at the Panama Canal.
Like the Thermopylae, the Thalatta measures almost 200 metres long, 36.5 metres wide and features five liftable car decks, allowing for multiple configurations and a wide variety of customer cargo. The new vessel can transport up to 8,000 car equivalent units. With a new draft, the Thalatta can call ports with shallower depths, increasing its geographical scope of service. On her maiden voyage she will be employed in the Asia-Europe trade, where loading started on 17 April in Kunsan, South Korea.
As with all HERO vessels, the Thalatta’s environmental impact was of paramount concern during its design. It is fitted with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System that reduces sulphur emissions to below 0.1 per cent in compliance with ECA regulations and removes 70 per cent of particulate matter, which also significantly reduces nitrogen oxide emissions.
Thalatta is the second in a total of eight HERO Post-Pana Panamax vessels that will commence service for WWL in the years 2015-2017.