Last Sunday the Orca Ace, a “Next-Generation Car Carrier” cargo ship for autos and roll on/roll off cargoes, arrived at the WWL Annacis Auto Terminal on her maiden voyage. The Orca Ace began her journey to the United States in July 2018, departing from Hitachinaka, Japan and will continue on to ports on the US West Coast with San Diego being the final destination on her maiden voyage.
Owner: Lunar River Line S.A. of Panama
Operator: Mitsui OSK Line Ltd. (MOL)
Length: 199.9 m
Breadth: 32.2 m
Max Deck: 5.6 m
Capacity: 6,800 units (standard passenger vehicles)
Built in Japan, the Orca Ace is the second in its FLEXIE series optimized for efficient loading and unloading all types of vehicles. The vessels have six liftable decks, compared with two on conventional car carriers to provide for more flexibility for different vehicle types along with high and heavy cargo transport. The rounded bow shape will minimize wind resistance and is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2% compared to today's car carriers. The new shape is the result of joint research by MOL, MOL Techno-Trade, Ltd. (President: Hirokazu Hatta; Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Tokyo), and Akishima Laboratories (Mitsui Zosen) Inc. It is one of the environmental impact-reducing technologies developed in the MOL Group's "ISHIN NEXT -MOL SMART SHIP PROJECT-." The first in the FLEXIE series was the Beluga Ace launched in March 2018 and MOL has provided a virtual ship visit on line for those interested in a quick tour.