HERO is a result of getting the most out of new, improved conditions. The widening of the Panama canal, from 32 metres to just over 50 metres, means that post-Panamax vessels can have a better cargo-to-ballast ratio. The new wider vessels have a reduced need of ballast water, which in turn cuts fuel consumption. Carrying less ballast also reduces the risk of spreading invasive species across the ocean.
The HERO (High Efficiency RoRo) vessels have a sharper bow with a more vertical profile, quite unlike the traditional clipper bow. The wave-piercing bow is designed to give better seagoing and the bow also has an integrated bulb. While a traditional bulb is optimized for a certain draughts, the integrated bulb of the HERO vessels is optimized for varying draughts.
Another factor that reduces the environmental impact are the systems that monitor all the ship’s components. Digitalization makes it easier to collect data, which provides the basis for improve overall efficiency and getting better performance.
Key features of HERO
- Highly efficient and optimized hull.
- Flexible cargo compartment holding up to 8000 units.
- Machinery optimized for lowest fuel oil consumption.
- Flexible and efficient cargo hold.
- Four vessels under construction, NB005-1/2/3/4
- First delivery in April 2018, the last one during 2020.