July 19 - Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has added its fourth neo-Panamax class newbuild vessel, Themis, to its fleet.
Like its sisterships - Theben, Thalatta and Thermopylae - Themis is almost 200 m long, 36.5 m wide and features five liftable car decks, which WWL says allows for multiple configurations and a wide variety of cargoes.
Themis can transport up to 8,000 ceu and can call at ports with shallower depths due to its draft. The new ship is one of WWL's high efficiency ro-ro (HERO) class vessels, with a specially designed hull shape, rudder and bow to reduce drag and wave resistance.
The vessel is also fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system that is intended to reduce sulphur emissions to below 0.1 percent, in compliance with ECA regulations.
Themis is currently making its maiden voyage to Bremerhaven, having called first at the Japanese Port of Yokohama.
With the launch of Themis, WWL is now halfway into its newbuilding order, which comprised eight new ro-ro vessels commencing service between 2015 and 2017.