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 December 2018, we invited a total of 66 people, selected by lottery, to Mazda's Hiroshima Plant in Hiroshima Prefecture to tour the "Hestia Leader", a large-scale vehicle carrier with an overall length of approximately 200m and a loading capacity of 6,430 cars. Then in October, we invited 46 people to the Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture to tour the "Onyx Arrow".
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 how quickly and accurately the cars were parked and secured," "By seeing vehicle assembly and cars being loaded onto the ship, my children learned what a hard job it is and the importance of logistics."
By the numbers
Duration of program:
Hiroshima 23 years, Hofu 6 years
Total number of participants:
Hiroshima 1,190, Hofu 262