April 26 - The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has welcomed the largest ro-ro vessel ever to call at its deepwater ports.

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics' (WWL), Tønsberg (pictured below) called at both the Port of Brunswick's Colonel's Island Terminal ro-ro facility and the Port of Savannah's Ocean Terminal.

"The future of moving ro-ro is represented here today as we welcome the most sophisticated, environmentally friendly vessel of its kind to ever call Georgia's ports, said the GPA's executive director Curtis J. Foltz.

As the largest of its kind, the vessel is the first of four Mark V vessels that are entering WWL's fleet.

The entire cargo hold of the Tønsberg is arranged for oversized and heavy cargo such as excavators, bulldozers, wheel loaders and harvesters. With a safe working load of 505 tonnes, the vessel's stern ramp offers manufacturers the possibility to ship larger units than ever before via a ro-ro methodology.