19 July 2016 Asia Europe Norway
Wallenius Wilhelmsen's latest car carrier on maiden voyage
Themis is intended for expanded Pananama canal

(Picture: Themis is the fourth Hero class ship)
Oslo-based Wilh.Wilhelmsen announced today the delivery from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in Mokpo, South Korea of the fourth Neo Panamax car carrier in a series ordered from the shipyard.

Themis is a High Efficiency RoRo (HERO) class vessel with a specially designed hull shape, rudder and bow to reduce drag and wave resistance, thus improving fuel efficiency. She is also 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. All HERO class vessels comply with the International Maritime Organisationís guidelines on ship recycling.

On her maiden voyage, Themisí first port of call was Yokohama, from where she is presently sailing with Bremerhaven as her final destination.

The HERO class were designed with the dimensions of the locks in the expanded Panama Canal in mind, allowing these vessels fullest capacity when transiting the canal.

Like her previously delivered sister vessels, Theben, Thalatta and Thermopylae, Themis is 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 ship can transport up to 8,000 cars.

With the new draft, she can also call at ports with shallower depths, increasing her geographical scope of service.

With the launch of Themis, WWL say they are now half way into the newbuilding order totalling eight new RoRo vessels the first of which came into service in 2015. The company intends the programme to be completed when the final vessels come on stream in 2017.