Big Car Carrier Delivered By Hitachi Zosen's Hiroshima Yard

The 16,770-dwt motor car carrier Nissan Laurel (shown) was completed recently at Hitachi Zosen's Hiroshima Works and delivered to Intercontinenal Car Carriers S.A. of Panama. The ship, which can carry a total of 4,900 Japanese-size cars, has an overall length of 590.5 feet, beam of 105.8 feet, depth of 100.25 feet, and full-load draft of 29.2 feet.

Propulsion is provided by a single Hitachi/B&W 8L67GBE slow-speed diesel engine with a maximum con- tinuous output of 16,800 bhp at 123 rpm. On sea trials the ship achieved a speed of 21.4 knots.

The Nissan Laurel is designed to carry trucks, large and small buses, car knock-downs, and containers, in addition to passenger cars. Including the upper deck, the ship has a total of 13 car decks, the fourth and sixth of which are hoistable to permit height adjustments. In addition to a midship shore ramp, there is a stern ramp over which large trucks and buses are loaded and unloaded.

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