German Yard Launches U.S.-Flag Trailership

The M / V Ambassador, a 9,000-dwt roll-on/ roll-off trailership on order to a subsidiary of Transway International Corporation, was launched recently at the Jos. L. Meyer Shipyard, Papenburg, West Germany.

The Ambassador was christened by Mrs.

John W. Wolcott, wife of Transway's president and chief executive officer. The ship will be registered under U.S. flag and placed in operation by Coordinated Caribbean Transport, Inc. (CCT), which provides roll-on/ roll-off trailership service between its home port of Miami and Central America, Panama and Ecuador.

CCT, which ordered the ship for $19.5 million in July 1979, expects delivery in late August, and plans to place it in service between Miami and Ecuador in September.

The Ambassador is destined to become the only U.S.-flag ship with a home port of Miami, according to CCT.

The Ambassador is 554 feet long and 71 feet wide, with a 21-foot draft, and is designed to operate at a speed of 17 knots.

Cargo capacity is 160 highway trailers and 125 automobiles carried on four decks.

CCT currently operates four specialized roll-on/roll-off trailerships with 13 sailings per month from Miami.

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