The Port of Long Beach recently welcomed the MV Tønsberg, the largest roll-on roll-off cargo vessel ever built.
Longer than the length of two football fields, the MV Tønsberg has nine cargo decks and can hold nearly 5 million cubic feet of cargo. Operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, it is nearly 40 feet wide and has a safe working load of 505 tons. Roll-on Roll-off, or RoRo, vessels are used to transport large size cargo on wheels such as tractors and bulldozers as well as other break bulk items.
The ship made its maiden call to the Port on April 11, at Crescent Terminals in Pier F. It was a fitting call for the Green Port. Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the MV Tønsberg is one of the ‘greenest’ ships of its kind. Thanks to a number of energy saving features, it consumes 15 to 20 percent less fuel than previous models and in its engine room; an advanced turbo generator produces electricity from the exhaust heat, further cutting pollution.