The vessel, which was built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in Korea for owner Wilh. Wilhelmsen, is able to carry up to 8,000 cars or a combination of 3,486 cars and 466 trucks/buses. The MV Tijuca features reinforced and moveable vehicle decks and an extra wide and strong 320 tonnes capacity stern ramp.
The vessels environmental credentials include a reduction of CO2 emissions by 15% per transported unit, as well as reducing emissions of SOx and particulate matters. The Tijuca is also said to have a very low NOx emission engine that is able to use bunkers with as low as 1% of sulphur content, reducing NOx emissions 35% below current international regulations.