The fourth and last HERO has set sail
Our 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 very happy 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. This was the most sustainable vessel at that time, and 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.
Fun fact on HERO
The name stands for High Efficiency RoRo carrier. Our High Efficiency RoRo (HERO) vessels are our new and advanced post-Panamax vessels, combining elements from all our vessel types. With 200-meter length, capacity of a LCTC and capability similar to a Mark IV, all in a highly efficient design.