A HERO welcome at the Port of Southampton

August 30, 2018

The latest vessel in a new class of energy efficient automotive RoRos from Wallenius Wilhelmsen has made its maiden call to the Port of Southampton.

The Titus, is a ‘HERO’ class vessel, which stands for High Efficiency RoRo, and is the latest in a fleet of eight new vessels that are being phased-in to improve the environmental footprint of the automotive shipping line’s fleet. Vessels in this class feature an efficient exhaust gas cleaning system removing 70% of particulate matter from the air and producing less than 0.1% sulphur emissions.

The new class of vessel is wider than its predecessors taking greater volumes of cargo in fewer trips. They operate with the latest and most efficient engines resulting in a 20% reduction in NOx emissions compared to the previous generation of vessels.

Alastair Welch ABP Southampton Director said: “We work closely with our shipping lines and partners to ensure that the Port of Southampton is an environmentally responsible port.

“We recognise the port has a part to play with the air quality challenges that the city is currently facing. By welcoming vessels like the HERO class with improved fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions, alongside our own long-term plans, we can accelerate progress in delivering cleaner air for the city.”

Michael Rye, General Manager at Wallenius Wilhelmsen, said: “As the world’s largest RoRo carrier, Wallenius Wilhelmsen is excited to develop and introduce new cutting-edge vessels which enable cleaner, smarter and more efficient operational dynamics. Wallenius Wilhelmsen is committed to service excellence in Southampton and to the world, and to providing this service in an environmentally sustainable way. The HERO class takes us one step further in minimising vessel emissions.

“These new high capacity vessels enable Southampton to maintain its reputation as Britain’s automotive gateway to the world.”

The Port of Southampton already welcomes LNG-powered automotive RoRo vessels on a weekly basis. These vessels provide an 80% NOx reduction in comparison to traditionally fuelled maritime vessels.