MV Tijuca named at ceremony in Melbourne, Australia

One of world’s largest and most environmentally adapted car and truck carrying vessels, MV Tijuca, was named in Melbourne, Australia. The Lady Sponsor is Mrs. Andrea Schrempp, wife of Wolfgang D Schrempp, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific, an important global customer for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL).

Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific has had a successful and long-standing relationship with WWL and its predecessors with the importation of cars and other vehicles to Australia/New Zealand for over 50 years.

Built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in Korea for owner Wilh. Wilhelmsen, MV Tijuca is able to carry up to 8 000 cars or a combination of 
3 486 cars and 466 trucks/buses. Key customer benefits of the new vessel are reinforced and moveable vehicle decks and an extra wide and strong 320 tons capacity stern ramp.

The new ship will replace an older and smaller vessel in the WWL Australia service, offering great dependability with increased capacity for high and heavy rolling cargoes such as agricultural, mining and construction machinery and non-containerized and static cargoes such as power generation and mining equipment.’ This service provides six sailings per month from Europe, including four direct from North America.

Greg Martin, Regional Director for WWL Australia, says: ‘Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has been calling Australia and the port of Melbourne for over 100 years. The introduction of MV Tijuca demonstrates our continued commitment to offering our customers exceptional service. Together with our modern technical services facilities and supply chain management capabilities we are able to provide customers with a cost-effective supply chain.’

As the provider of infrastructure in the port, Melbourne Port Corporation has an important role to play in securing the future of ro/ro operations in the port in the interests of import and export customers servicing the Victorian, Tasmanian and South Australian markets. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics integrated factory to dealer supply chain model requires continued development and modernization of cost effective facilities in the port that are seamlessly linked to the companies vehicle processing and distribution facilities.

Greg Martin continues: ‘As we welcome Tijuca today, we are already working closely with the Port of Melbourne Corporation evaluating marine terminal requirements for our next generation Mark V ro/ro vessels, to be launched in 2011, and for the longer term in the port of Melbourne.’

Care for the environment is also a key feature of this new LCTC vessel. The MV Tijuca is a state-of-the-art vessel, utilizing world-class environmental design elements. This will reduce CO2 emissions by 15% per transported unit, as well as reducing emissions of SOx and particulate matters. She also has a very low NOx emission engine that is able to use bunkers with as low as one percent of sulphur content. This dramatically improves her performance, reducing NOx emissions 35% below current international regulations.

In addition, the new vessel has a number of built-in measures that will help WWL reach its ambitious environmental targets for 2009 and beyond. They include a state-of-the-art ballast water treatment system, using biodegradable oil in all hydraulic systems, and using an effective Marinfloc Bilge Water Flocculant Plant system which exceeds current international regulations.