The PCTC (Pure Car and Truck Carrier) MV Topeka is the fourth vessel in a series of ten built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki, Japan and she was delivered in October 2006. The vessel is specially suited for cars and trucks but she has also flexibility to carry project cargo and containers.
MV Topeka has a total capacity of 6350 cars (RT43). MV Topeka has a basic complement of 27 and is a sistership to MV Torrens, Toledo, Toronto, Tombarra and Tortugas.
The ship is built to the class of DNV (Det Norske Veritas) with the following designations DNV +1A1, Car Carrier (MCDK) E0 TMON
Deck and Ramp System:
Heavy units are loaded on the strengthened deck 1, which can carry loads of 6 tons/m2. deck 3, which can carry loads of 2 tons/m2 and deck 5, which can carry loads of 3 tons/m2. The other decks allow loads 1.5 tons/m2, 0,25 ton/m2, and 0.2 ton/m2. For increased cargo flexibility deck 4, 6 and 8 with capacity of 0.25tons/m2 and deck 2 with a capacity of 0.2tons/m2 are divided into liftable sections.
The vessel is fitted with two loading and discharging ramps with entrance on deck 5. The stern ramp is arranged with a 35-degree angle of incident from the centre line with a ramp width of 7,0 m. Maximum capacity is 237 tons The midship ramp is arranged with a 90-degree angle and a ramp width of 6,5 m. The maximum capacity is 35 tons. This arrangement with one stern quarter ramp on the aft starboard side and one midship ramp provides good flexibility for cargo operations.
The deck machinery consists of six mooring winches, three which are placed forward at the forecastle deck and three are placed on the aft mooring deck. All winches are of type Rolls Royce Rauma.
There are 2 sets of anchor winches located forward, one at port side and one at starboard side, both Rolls Royce Rauma. The vessel is equipped with 1 crane located by the accommodation with capacity 5 tons used for spare parts -and provision handling.
Fans evenly distributed throughout the vessel create good ventilation during loading, discharging and voyage. Maximum air changes are 20 times an hour during cargo operation and 10 times an hour during voyage.
The propulsion machinery is a Mitsubishi-UE 7UEC60LSII engine with an output of 13240kW at 105 rpm. The main engine is attached to a fixed 5-blade propeller and fitted with remote control from the bridge and control room. For increased manuvering abilities there is one Hitachi thruster installed with an output of 1800 kW. The vessel is equipped with a highly effective double plated spade rudder.
For electrical power supply there are three B&W Holeby generators with a total output of 3300 kW. To ensure sufficient power in emergency situations one emergency generator is installed.
The navigational system:
1. JRC A X-Band radar
2. JRC S-Band Radar
3. JRC; ECDIS 900 ARCS
4. JRC VHF 2 x STR 2462
5. Echo Sounder; Furuno
6. JRC GPS
7. Anchuts Gyro compass/
8. JRC Autopilot
9. JRC GMDS
All cabins are located on upper deck and the vessel is equipped with gym, and separate TV-room for officers and crew to provide for the possibility of relaxing activities. Pilot cabin, canal transit cabin and spare cabin is placed on the upper deck for easy access to the bridge. Bridge wings are enclosed.
For fire extinguishing, the ship is fitted with both a permanent installed CO2 fire extinguishing system and a number of portable CO2 and foam fire extinguishers.
The vessel has 1Schat Harding enclosed free fall life boat with a capacity of 31 persons. In addition there are two life rafts with carrying capacity of 20 persons, two with 11person capacity each and one carrying 6 persons.