Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s fourth and last HERO has set sail

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s fourth and last HERO vessel, MV NABUCCO, has started her journey towards Europe and is expected to reach Zeebrugge at the beginning of December. The vessel was delivered by Tianjin Xingang Shipbuilding and is the last in the series of four HERO-vessels contracted already in June 2013.

MV Nabucco has the capacity of 7700 vehicles, and like her sister vessels Tannhauser, Titus and Traviata, she is designed with energy efficiency in mind.

“I am thrilled with Nabucco setting sail, providing sorely needed capacity on the fleet side. This also marks a shift in our history, because it is the last vessel delivered based on conventional fuel technology. Additionally, this was the most sustainable vessel at that time. While we now look to next-generation energy solutions, HERO class and Nabucco still represent green advantages compared to other vessel designs. The HERO vessels will continue to be a core part of our competitive advantage in the high & heavy and breakbulk market”, says EVP and COO Shipping Services, Erik Noeklebye.

Nabucco is named after an Italian-language opera in four acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. Nabucco is the opera that is considered to have permanently established Verdi’s reputation as a composer.

The name HERO stands for High-Efficiency RoRo carrier. Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s HERO vessels are new and advanced post-Panamax vessels, combining elements from all of the company’s vessel types.

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