18 Mar 2016

Holy ship! Huge car carrier heads for Auckland

11:07 am on 18 March 2016

The world's biggest car carrier will berth in Auckland on Monday during its maiden voyage.

Norway's Hoegh Trigger, the world's largest car carrier.

Norway's Hoegh Trigger, the world's largest car carrier. Photo: Hoegh Autoliners

Norway's Hoegh Trigger can carry up to 8500 vehicles, 1000 more than its predecessor.

A Hoegh Autoliners local agent said it was one of six bigger ships the firm was building and they would become increasingly frequent callers, operating on a fortnightly timetable.

Hoegh Trigger was not as long as its predecessors, but taller and wider with a deck space equivalent to ten football fields.

A cutaway image of the Hoegh Trigger car carrying ship.

A cutaway image of the Hoegh Trigger car carrying ship. Photo: Hoegh Autoliners

The additional capacity would not be a problem for Ports of Auckland, which would also be the last dropping-off port on a journey beginning in Europe and going through South Africa and Australia.