September 10 - Höegh Autoliners has named the second vessel in its New Horizon series, Höegh Trigger, at a naming ceremony held at Xiamen Shipbuilding Industries in China.

Höegh Trigger is the second in a series of post-Panamax vessels that Höegh Autoliners will take delivery of in the next 18 months. With a deck space of 71,400 sq m and carrying capacity of 8,500 ceu, the pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) will join Höegh Target, which was named in June 2015.

Together with its sister vessels, Höegh Trigger is designed to minimise its impact on the environment, with attention paid to optimising the hull form in order to combine high cargo capacity with low fuel consumption.

The vessel also has a higher door opening than any of Höegh Autoliners' current vessels, enabling cargo of up to 6.5 m high and 12 m wide to be loaded onboard; while extra ramp strength allows for cargo weighing up to 375 tonnes to be loaded over the stern ramp and up to 22 tonnes over the side ramp.

Höegh Trigger will begin its maiden voyage from East Asia to Europe in December, before sailing from Europe back to East Asia via Africa and Oceania.