The vessel is the largest of its kind, with a length of 265 m offering a cargo volume of 138 000 cu m over six fixed and three hoistable decks. The pioneering roll-on roll-off vessel was built at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in Nagasaki, Japan. Four Mark V vessels will be delivered to Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA and its partner Wallenius Lines with second vessel delivered in August and two more in 2012.
The Mark V class has a number of major innovative design criteria such as high ramp capacity, high deck strength and height, low fuel consumption and safe cargo handling. “Together with MHI, we have constructed a class of environmentally friendly vessels with several unique features,” said Jan Eyvin Wang, president and CEO of Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA.
The hold of the mv Tønsberg can accommodate high and heavy cargo such as excavators, bulldozers, wheel loaders and harvesters. With a width of 12 m and safe working load of 505 tonnes, the vessel’s stern ramp offers customers the possibility of shipping larger units than ever before and the clear 7.1 m height of the main deck is unprecedented for this kind of vessel. Cargo can even be loaded on the weather deck, which has a ramp from the deck below.