MV Taiko 

MV Taiko 

The Ro-ro) vessel M/V Taiko is the first vessel in a series of 3 and she was delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries, Korea in February 1984.

The vessel is specially suited for high & heavy cargo, project cargo and cars. M/V Taiko has a basic complement of 25 persons and is a sistership to M/V Tampa and M/V Texas.

The vessel is built to the class of Lloyd's Register of Shipping with the following designations +100 A1 Vehicle Carrier, RoRo, movable decks + LMC and UMS.

Deck and Ramp system:
Project cargo and other heavy units are loaded on the strengthened deck 1 with a capacity of 10 tons/m2 and deck 4, which can carry loads of 4 tons/m2. Aft part of deck 3 is further strengthened with a maximum capacity of 5 tons/m2. Also, deck No. 3A and 2A can be used for heavy loads up to 3 tons/m2 and deck No. 3B can be used for units up to 2 tons/m2. Hoistable decks No. 2B and 2C allow loads up to 0.2 tons/m2. Garage deck 5, 6, 7 and 8 are specially designed for stowing cars with a capacity of 0.4 tons/m2. Deck No. 3AFT is the entrance deck. The stern ramp is located on starboard side and is arranged with a 38-degree angle of incidence. This angle together with a ramp width of 12.5 m assures high flexibility in loading and discharging operations. Total capacity of the stern ramp is 420 tons. Internal ramps dimensions varies from a maximum width of 11.5 m to 3.2 m.

Anchoring, winches and cranes:
The deck machinery consists of two combined mooring/ windlass winches, four mooring winches with split drum, and four mooring winches single drum located at forecastle deck and aft mooring deck. Two mooring winches with single drum are also located midship. The vessel is equipped with one 20 ton capstan. The vessel has a JSW-Hägglund G4030/3632 deck crane with a capacity of max. 40 tons located forward on the weather deck and one provision crane located aft by the accommodation.

Cargo ventilation:
Fans evenly distributed throughout the vessel on upper deck create good ventilation during loading, discharging and voyage. The lower holds are ventilated with 30 air changes per hour, while deck 2A, 2B and 2C are ventilated with 25 air changes per hour and deck No. 3, 3A and 3B are ventilated with 20 air changes per hour. The engine room is ventilated by fans with a capacity of 2 x 1700 m/min and 2 x 1300 m/min.

The propulsion machinery is a MAN B&W 8 L90GB with an output of 26950 kW at 94 rpm. The engine has remote control from bridge and control room and is attached to a fixed right handed aerofoil propeller with 4 blades and dimension 7800 mm. For increased manuvering abilities two Kamewa thrusters type 2800B/AS-CP, with output 1910 kW are installed. The vessel is equipped with a highly effective half spade type rudder to assist in controlling the lateral movements of the stern.
For electrical power supply there are 3 Daihatsu Diesel Mfg. Co. Ltd generators, type 8DS32, which provides 2060 kW. Furthermore, there are 2 Daihatsu Diesel generators with an output of 970 kW. To ensure sufficient power in emergency situations one Daihatsu Diesel emergency generator with output 260 kW is installed.


  • Electromagnetic log Xem
  • Echosounder Skipper ED 162
  • Courserecorder Tokyo Keiki DCR 2A
  • Weather fax JRC Jax 9A
  • Maris Digital Chart plotter
  • Atlas 9600 Arpa S-band radar and X-band radar
  • 1 Sestrel magn. Compass standard
  • 1 Sestrel magn. Comp. Spare
  • 1 x Auto Pilot Sperry ADG 3000
  • 2 Sperry MK 37 Mod. D Gyro Compass
  • 1 Leica MX 400 Professional DGPS Navigator
  • 1 Leica MX 412 Professional DGPS Navigator
  • 1 Nippon Zosen Kikai type 3L – 150 Rudder indicator


  • GMDSS Station SKANTI Combridge 9000, consisting of: a) Inmarsat C: Skanti Scansat-CT Transceiver, Skanti PCU-9000 PC and Skanti PRN-9000 9 Pin/32 Column Dot Matrix Printer. b) HF SSB Transceiver Skanti TRP 9000 (with NBDP Interface of Skanti PCU-9000 PC and Skanti PRN-9000 9 Pin/32 Column Dot Matrix Printer). c) MF/HF DSC Controller Skanti
    DSC-9000. d) VHF DSC Controller Skanti DSC-3000 (2 Nos.)
  • VHF Transceiver Sailor RT 2048
  • VHF Transceiver STK Marine STR 2462
  • JRC Inmarsat B: JUE 300 B1
  • Weather Fax: JRC JAX-9A
  • PA System: JRC MVA 1405M-269
    Emergency Communication Equipment
  • Satellite Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
    (EPIRB): McMurdo E3
  • Search & Rescue Transponder (SART): McMurdo
    Marine RT9
  • GMDSS VHF Transceiver: Axis 150


Cabins are located on deck 5-7 and 8 in the accommodation with pilot cabin at deck 9 for easy access to the bridge. The vessel is equipped with gym, outdoor swimming pool, mess room, TV room, library and conference room.

Security arrangements:
For fire fighting, the vessel is fitted with a permanent installed 19 ton CO2 low pressure total flooding system for cargo holds and engine room. A high pressure CO2 system is installed in engine control room (ECR), Auxiliary engine room, purifier room and paint store. Furthermore, portable foam, CO2 and water fire extinguishers are fitted onboard.

Fire Detecting system type Sawico SPSP 20E24 with 94 x Thermal detectors, 263 x Smoke detectors, 5 x Flame detectors, 70 x Manual Push button are installed. The vessel has 2 totally enclosed life boats carrying 40 persons and one MOB boat, MIR 16,5 Watercraft Ltd, 6 persons. In addition there are two Surviva liferafts with capacity of 20 persons each and one carrying 6 persons. The vessel is also equipped with 5 survival suits, 52 life jackets and 8 life buoys.


Technical Specifications

Capacity deck area:  
Capacity volume:  
Capacity car units:  
TEU: 1,649 
Basic complement:  
Built: HHI, South Korea 
Build year: 1984 
Owner: Wilhelmsen Lines Shipowning, Norway 
Flag: NIS 
Length over all: 262.3 
Beam: 32.26 
Air Draft: 59.43 
Depth to Upperdeck: 21 
Draft, design/max: 9.78/11.73 
Deadweight at maximum draft: 39,900 
Gross tonnage: 66,531 
Net tonnage: 26,072 
Stern ramp height:  
Stern ramp width: 12.5 
Stern ramp capacity: 420 
Number of decks: 12 (of which 2 are hoistable) 
Ownership %: 100% 
Operator: WWL