Maiden call for car carrier Toledo

Apr 7, 2005
Author: P&S


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There’s nothing too remarkable about another car carrier docking at the port of Durban – after all more than 20 of these bulky and ungainly looking vessels enter the port every month.

What set this particular ship apart however is it was the 63,321-gt Toledo’s maiden visit at South African ports, including the modern SAPO Car Terminal in Durban.

As things happened, her cargo wasn’t notable either – something in the order of 700 units in total – hardly enough to make an impression on the 6,350 parking bays on the ship.

Barwil SA are the South African agents for Wallenius Wilhelmsen vessels.

Toledo measures 201m in length and has a beam of 32.2m and a loaded draught of 10m. She is a sister ship to another Wallenius Wilhelmsen car carrier, Torrens, which has previously called at South African ports.

Toledo alongside the Durban Car Terminal on 6 April 2005. Picture by Terry Hutson

Last year the Durban Car Terminal handled just over 200,000 vehicles, which was well above the 160,000 budgeted and which is giving rise to concerns for the future. AS a result further extensions to the car terminal are planned.

At the recent weekend one of the ships, Grand Mark, handled an impressive 2,945 Korean motor vehicles for Durban, and somehow the car terminal personnel on duty found space for them all. Keep in mind the terminal already had a large volume of motor vehicles in the facility awaiting shipment or delivery.


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