First New Horizon vessel named Höegh Target

DATE 04.06.2015

Höegh Target is the first in a series of six Post Panamax vessels under the New Horizon design that Höegh Autoliners will take delivery of in the next 18 months. With its deck space of 71 400 square meters and carrying capacity of 8 500 car equivalent units, the vessel is the world’s largest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC).

Mrs Mette Folden, wife of Ingar Skiaker, CEO Höegh Autoliners, successfully named the vessel “Höegh Target” through the traditional ceremony.

“The Naming of Höegh Target is a milestone in the Company’s history. This is the first Post Panamax PCTC that we take delivery of and the New Horizon design truly represent state of the art engineering. The design has been developed in close cooperation with Deltamarine OY over many years, and we are now excited to put the first vessel in play.” says Steinar Løvdal, Head of Capacity Management in Höegh Autoliners.

Höegh Target is together with its sister vessels designed to minimise its impact on the environment. Energy efficiency principles have been followed throughout the ship design process and the latest technology in the market has been implemented. Attention has also been paid on optimising the hull form in order to combine high cargo capacity and low fuel consumption. Extensive model testing have been carried out to achieve outstanding performance. In addition to calm water performance, special focus has been paid on added resistance in heavy seas and wind resistance.

“In Höegh Autoliners, we have a deeply held belief in the necessity of taking responsibility for the environment in which we operate. It is with great pride that we today name a vessel that is estimated to emit 50 per cent less CO2 per car transported than a standard car carrier.” says Steinar.

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

Höegh Target will begin her Maiden Voyage from East Asia to Europe in early July, and will thereafter sail from Europe back to East Asia via Africa and Oceania.

Höegh Target and its sister vessels are given DNV-GL’s class notification “CLEAN” for its cleaner design.

For more information:

Steinar Løvdal, Head of Capacity Management | Mobile: +474003 9680 | Email: 

Gabriela Stojicevic, Head of Communications | Mobile: +47 4003 9672 | Email:  

About Höegh Autoliners

Höegh Autoliners is a leading global provider of Ro/Ro transportation services. The company operates 15 trade routes in global trade systems alone or in partnerships, with about 3,000 port calls annually. In addition, Höegh Autoliners is engaged in regional trade directly and through Joint Ventures in Europe, East Asia and the Caribbean, engaging 17 vessels in 7 regional trade routes. The company is managed from a global network of around 20 offices, owner's representatives and agents and has approximately 400 employees ashore and 900 seafarers.

About Deltamarin

Deltamarin is a ship design, offshore engineering and construction Group operating in the marine and offshore industries worldwide. The services include the full range of consulting, design and engineering as well as procurement, construction and installation. The Group employs around 400 experts in its own and associated companies located in Europe and Asia. Deltamarin is a subsidiary of AVIC International Maritime Holdings Limited.

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