Car carrier Asian Trust. The yard model and diorama of the vehicle carrier “Asian Trust” was built in a scale of 1:200.
The “Asian Trust” belongs to a highly specialized type of a “Roll-on/Roll-off” (Ro-Ro) vessel. Ships like this one are known as PCTC: Pure Car/Truck Carrier. They main duty of this ships is the overseas import/export of vehicles. The merchant navies started massively transporting cars and trucks in the early 1960s. The duty was originally taken care of by general cargo ships modified for the transport of cars. The next step in ship design, as this kind of trade was really successful, was to create vessels exclusively designed to safely and efficiently transport large amounts of vehicles. The first PCCs (Pure Car Carriers) were built already in the early 1970s. PCTC came soon after. Their structure is similar, but they have some larger cargo decks, which allows for the transport of larger vehicles like buses and trucks. This means that, beside serving the automobile industry, PCTC can carry almost any cargo that can be transported on wheels.
Just as the capacity of a container ship is measured in TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit, or a standard container) the capacity of a PCTC can be measured in CEU (car equivalent unit). The value of a CEU has evolved with the years. Originally one CEU was 7,4 m² of parking space on deck, to fit a Toyota Corona RT43 from 1966. An international CEU Today is 10 m².
The Asian Trust has a capacity for 6,402 CEU. She is 200 m long and 32 m wide. She was built in 2000 at the Ulsan shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries and is operated by Eukor Car Carriers Inc., Seoul.
The yard model and diorama of the vehicle carrier “Asian Trust” was built in a scale of 1:200.