Awesome addition to the Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics' fleet2007-08-21
The largest car carrier vessel in the world is the M/V Faust. Standing tall at thirteen storeys, this colossal 228-metre-long, state-of-the-art ship travels at an impressive 19 knots and has the capacity to carry up to 8,000 standard cars.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics' magnificent new carrier set sail on her maiden voyage from Inchon, Korea, on May 28th and onwards to Singapore. After sailing through the Suez Canal to Europe she crossed the Atlantic to finally arrive into U.S east cost ports between July 27th and August 3rd .
The M/V Faust* is the first delivery of seven in a completely new series of Large Car Truck Carriers (LCTCs) ordered by the owners Wallenius Lines and Wilh. Wilhelmsen. She was christened on 17 May, at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in Korea.
The new vessel will typically travel between Europe and the United States with a mixed cargo of cars and heavy equipment. This flexibility is made possible because five of the ship's thirteen decks can be moved.
In addition to her considerable size and capacity, the M/V Faust has also been equipped with the latest in environmentally sound technology designed to reduce emissions into the air and the sea. She will also be fitted with a ballast water treatment system, PureBallast, to treat water before releasing it into the ocean, as well as an onboard recycling system for materials used by the crew. The ship also uses diesel-based oil to reduce emissions and operate more efficiently.
With a 21,500 horsepower engine, the new vessel can reach a maximum speed of 19 knots. However, despite her tremendous size of 71,500 gross tonnes, the M/V Faust's captain, Björn H. Larde, comments that she is easy enough to steer. He says that he can manoeuvre the ship with the aid of just a joystick and a dial! The latest navigation equipment is, of course, also available on board.
* M/V Faust is ordered by Wallenius Lines.