The ‘Höegh Target’, a Post-Panamax PCTC (Pure Car Truck Carrier) of the New Horizon class design developed by Deltamarin in close cooperation with the owner Höegh Autoliners, has again succeeded in boosting its reputation. It is one of the three vessels shortlisted in the Ship of the Year category of the European Marine Engineering Awards.
The winning entry will be a vessel that incorporates innovative technical developments that identify it as a landmark vessel. The winner will be selected jointly by a panel of judges and public online voting, and revealed in the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner in Amsterdam on April 13, 2016.
The New Horizon class vessels are the world’s largest multi-purpose PCTCs intended for worldwide service. These new generation vessels can carry 8,500 car equivalent units and have a deck area of 71,400 m². In addition to the operational performance and safety, the key drivers in the design have been energy efficiency and environmental impact. Much attention has been paid to optimising the hull form in order to combine high cargo capacity and low fuel oil consumption. The emissions of the vessel are estimated to be only half the CO2 per transported unit of a conventional car carrier.
‘Höegh Target’, delivered in June 2015, is the first of the six ships ordered by Höegh Autoliners. The second ship, ‘Höegh Trigger’, was delivered in September 2015 and the third, ‘Höegh Tracer’, in March 2016. The owner will take delivery of the rest of the ships in the next 12 months from the Xiamen shipyard in China.
The ‘Höegh Target’ was earlier selected as a nominee for the Nor-Shipping Energy Efficiency Award in 2015.