Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Modern Car Carrier Calls at Vancouver USA

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Vancouver USA recently welcomed a “Next-Generation Car Carrier” cargo ship for autos and roll on/roll off cargoes to its harbor.

Representatives from Ports America, Norton Lilly International, Subaru of America, Auto Warehouse Corporation and the port were on hand to greet the M/V Orca Ace led by Capt. Yury Golovatyuk of Russia.

Constructed in Japan, the 656-foot-long Orca Ace is owned by Lunar River Line S.A. of Panama and operated by MOL Ace. According to the port, her specially designed hull shape and improved two-stroke engine will help reduce carbon emissions as she transits the globe.

The Orca Ace departed from Hitachinaka, Japan, on her maiden voyage last month and stopped at the Port of Vancouver USA to unload 2,300 Subaru vehicles before stopping at other ports and concluding her first crossing in San Diego, California.