World's largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier calls at the port of Amsterdam

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Today the world’s largest Horizon-class Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC), the MS Höegh Target, moored in the port of Amsterdam for the first time.


The Höegh Target is the first in a series of six Post-Panamax vessels under the New Horizon design that Höegh Autoliners will deliver in the next 18 months. With a deck space of 71,400 square meters and carrying capacity of 8,500 car equivalent units, the vessel is the world’s biggest automobile Ro-Ro vessels.  

Minimal impact on environment

Together with its sister vessels, the Höegh Target is designed to minimize its impact on the environment. Energy efficiency principles were followed throughout the ship’s design process and the latest technology was implemented. In order to combine high cargo capacity and low fuel consumption, the design team also optimized the shape of the vessel’s hull. Extensive model testing was carried out to achieve the most outstanding performance. In addition to calm water performance, there was a special focus on added resistance in heavy seas and wind resistance.

Improvement of high and heavy capabilities

The Höegh Target also has a higher door opening than Höegh Autoliners’ current vessels, enabling cargo up to 6.5 meters high and 12 meters wide to be loaded. Extra sturdy ramp capacity allows for cargo weighing up to 375 tonnes to be loaded over the stern ramp and 22 tonnes over the side ramp.

Amsterdam important location for Höegh Autoliners

Höegh Autoliners has been a leading vehicle transport company since the 1970s. Amsterdam has historically been an important location for Höegh Autoliners. Its roll-on/roll-off vessels transport new cars, trucks and heavy machinery. On the Amsterdam route, the ships mainly carry new cars and high and heavy machinery from Japanese manufacturers, which are loaded and unloaded at Waterland Terminal and received on the Koopman Car Terminal site.

See also the film of Höegh Target