Big Car Carrier 'Glorious Ace' Completed By Hitachi Zosen

The 17,743-dwt (metric) pure car carrier Glorious Ace (shown above) was delivered to her joint owners, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. and Baba-Daiko Steamship Company, Ltd., both of Japan, recently. Capable of carrying a total of 5,688 cars of various types, the new ship is said to be one of the largest of its kind in the world. She was constructed at the Ariake Works of Hitachi Zosen, and will be put into service between ports in Japan and those in North America and Europe.

In addition to passenger cars, the ship can carry other types of motor vehicles including trucks, large and small busses, and forklifts.

She has a total of 13 cardecks, the seventh being moveable to permit height adjustment.

The eighth cardeck is provided with three shore ramps, two at midship and one at the stern. The two midship ramps can be raised to the seventh cardeck.

Glorious Ace has an overall length of 623.35 feet, beam of 105 feet, depth to upper deck of 100.56 feet, and full-load summer draft of 29.20 feet. Gross measurement is 16,880.86 tons. Her main engine is a Hitachi/B&W 9L67GFC diesel with a maximum continuous output of 16,800 bhp at 119 rpm; service output will be 14,280 bhp at 113 rpm, producing a speed at full draft of 19.15 knots. The ship is classed by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 56,  Apr 15, 1981 British Columbia

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