Heroic ace

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Heroic Ace
Heroic Ace, Southampton, England, 11 August 2011
Name: Heroic Ace
Owner: M.O.L (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines)
Operator: Wilhelmsen ship management
Port of registry:  Panama
Builder: Minaminippon shipyard, Seto Inland Sea, Japan
Identification: IMO number: 9252216
Status: In Service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 56,439 gross tonnage (GT)
Length: 198 m (650 ft)
Beam: 32.2 m (106 ft)
Speed: 21.1 knots (39.1 km/h; 24.3 mph)

M.V.Heroic Ace is a PCTC (Pure car and truck carrier) owned by M.O.L (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines).

She was built in 2003, at the Minami Nippon shipyard, in the Inland Sea, Japan, as part of a series of 12 large car carriers. Her sister ships include Courageous Ace and Splendid Ace (built at Minami Nippon), Martorell, Progress Ace and Prominent Ace (built at Shin Kurushima yard), and Liberty Ace, Utopia Ace, Paradise Ace and Freedom Ace (built at M.H.I Kobe)

The vessel's bows and superstructure were specially designed with additional rounding off to enable them to navigate at higher speeds.

Ship's Particulars[edit]

Item Information
IMO Number 9252216
GRT 56,439
Flag Panama (as of 2011)
Call sign HPFM
Length 198 metres
Breadth 32.2 metres
Deadweight 19,879 MT
Speed 21.1 kts

The vessel is fitted with a large stern ramp, and two side midship ramps. The stern ramp is located on Number 7 car deck. The midship ramps are capable of being lifted up to reach number 6 car deck, and hence can service both - numbers 6 and 7 car decks.

M.V.(Motor Vessel)Heroic ace has 13 car decks, including movable decks. The decks are moved using a hydraulic deck lifter which is part of the ship's equipment and operated by the ships officers. The vessel plies on a world wide route, and has traded in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

As of 2011, the ship was managed by Wilhelmsen ship management - earlier called Barber ship management. The ship's officers belonged to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the ship's crew was Indian.