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Georgia Ports welcome world’s largest RoRo vessel

POSTED: April 25, 2011 6:32 p.m.

The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the largest RoRo (Roll-on / Roll-off) vessel ever to call Georgia’s deepwater ports when the M/V Tønsberg, operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), docked at the Port of Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island Terminal RoRo Facility on Monday. Following discharging and loading activity in Brunswick, the Tønsberg will call the Port of Savannah’s Ocean Terminal today.’

“The future of moving RoRo is represented here today as we welcome the most sophisticated, environmentally friendly vessel of its kind to ever call Georgia’s ports,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. “The arrival of the Tønsbeg is yet another view into the future as Georgia’s ports in Brunswick and Savannah continue to serve as strategic gateways for the movement of automobiles, construction and agricultural equipment. We are honored to partner with WWL to grow RoRo business via Georgia’s deepwater ports.”

As the largest of its kind, the vessel has a length of 869 feet and offers a cargo capacity of 4.874 million cubic feet. The pioneering RoRo vessel is the first of four Mark V vessels that are entering WWL’s fleet.

The entire cargo hold of the MV Tønsberg is arranged for oversized and heavy cargo such as excavators, bulldozers, wheel loaders and harvesters. With a width of 39.4 feet and safe working load of 505 tons, the vessel’s stern ramp offers manufacturers the possibility to ship larger units than ever before. The clear height of the main deck, 23.3 feet, is also unprecedented for this kind of vessel.

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