Vehicle carrier tour
[Japan] Mazda Motor Corporation
Exploring a Vehicle Carrier as Tall as a 15-Story Building
Every year since 1996, Mazda has held a vehicle carrier tour for elementary and junior high school students and their parents and guardians.
In July of FY2019, we invited 70 people, selected by lottery, to Mazda's Hiroshima Plant to tour the "Aquamarine Ace," a large-scale vehicle carrier with an overall length of about 200m and a loading capacity of 6,400 cars. Then in November, we invited 40 people to the Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture to tour the "Cepheus Leader."
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 parking, participants helped secure the cars in place using belts so that they wouldn't bump into each other on stormy seas. The belts are checked repeatedly throughout the journey to ensure that customers' precious cars are delivered safely. Additionally, they went to the bridge for a radar demonstration and lecture by the captain, and to experience steering the ship. Participants commented, "It was a great program: I got to experience securing the cars in addition to the tour" and "I learned what measures are in place to ensure that cars are delivered safely; I got to do something out of the ordinary and had a good time."
By the numbers
Duration of program:
Hiroshima 24 years, Hofu 7 years
Total number of participants:
Hiroshima 1,260, Hofu 302