A “home away from home” got her name
Christening a ship is a naval tradition dating back thousands of years. It is usually done by breaking a sacrificial bottle of champagne over the bow as the ship’s name and a blessing is spoken out aloud.
Yesterday, we had the honour of christening m/v TITUS, our latest newbuilding. TITUS is a HERO (High Efficiency RoRo) vessel and the first of four, designed and let built for Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean. Ship Designers, Superintendants and Site Managers within Wallenius Marine are involved throughout the entire process.
Caring for the environment
CEO of Wallenius Marine, Jonas Kleberg, and god mother Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg gave speeches during the ceremony. They stressed some of the core values within Wallenius Marine; such as the importance of caring for the environment as well as for the crowd onboard. Thereafter Margareta gave the high capacity vessel her name and wished her safe journeys by throwing a bottle of champagne at the vessel.
In line with our strong values concerning the environment and to avoid glass from falling into the ocean, the bottle was covered in netting. Perhaps this contributed to the bottle having to be thrown three times before it cracked. It eventually did. And the crowd cheered for TITUS.
A home away from home
On the previous day, “Mother Margareta”, as Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg is called among the crew, hung over 200 pieces of art onboard the vessel. Margareta has been part of the the interior decoration of the Wallenius ships for fifty years. A tradition very much appreciated by the crew onboard the vessels managed by Wallenius Marine. Her wish is for the crew to have “a home away from home”.