A Vehicle for Vehicles

Ro-Ros, or “Roll On/Roll Off” vessels, are designed with built-in ramps for loading and unloading vehicles. They became increasingly important in the 1960s as automobile manufacturers began shipping their cars and trucks to other countries. The new generation, called PCTCs, for “Pure Car Truck Carriers,” is designed to carry passenger vehicles as well as heavier wheeled and general cargo.

PCTC Jean Anne

Length: 579 ft

Breadth: 102 ft

Depth: 28.71 ft

Builder: VT Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Miss.

Crew size: 18

Gift of The Pasha Group through George W. Pasha IV

PCTC Jean Anne

Launched in 2005, the Jean Anne was the first PCTC built at a U.S. shipyard. Some 4,300 automobiles can fit on its 10 decks. Three decks move up and down to accommodate trucks or other large vehicles. The Jean Anne carries vehicles from San Diego to the Hawaiian Islands, a trip that takes about a week.