Mazda Car Carrier Loading Field Trip
[Japan] Mazda Motor Corporation
Exploring a Vehicle Carrier as Tall as a 15-Story Building
Every year since 1996, Mazda has held a Mazda Car Carrier Loading Field Trip for elementary and junior high school students and their parents and guardians.
In August 2017, we invited a total of around 80 people, selected by lottery, to Mazda's Hiroshima Plant in Hiroshima Prefecture to tour the "Brasilia Highway", a large-scale vehicle carrier with an overall length of approximately 200m and a loading capacity of about 6,000 cars. Then in November, we invited 48 people to the Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture to tour the "Crystal Ace".
The highlight of these field trips is watching as the crew loads the Mazda cars to be exported onto these huge carriers. Using the sound of a whistle as a signal, they park the cars in the blink of an eye with only around 10 centimeters separating them on each side. All of the participants were surprised at the skills of these professionals.
After the cars were loaded, the participants experienced the work of securing the cars in place. Then they went to the bridge for a radar demonstration and lecture by the captain, and to experience steering the ship. Comments from the participants included, "I was surprised because the ship was bigger than I expected," "I thought the skills of the crew driving the cars were amazing," and "I was deeply moved to think that they are delivering each of these cars to customers."
By the numbers
Duration of program: Hiroshima 22 years, Hofu 5 years
Total number of participants: Hiroshima 1,124 participants, Hofu 216 participants