Built in 2008, Louise Russ is, in any case, capable of carrying a load very important. 174 meters long with a width of 25.5 meters, the ship is registered in Gibraltar, has two bridges representing 2,500 meters of garages, a maximum capacity of about 350 vehicles, enplaned and deplaned via a large ramp located aft. The ship is also designed to carry up to 426 TEUs (Twenty Feet Equivalent, standard size of the container), 80 reefer (refrigerated containers for fresh produce).
For the record, two large shipments of military equipment have already left for Mali under the strategic projection by sea. While building projection and command Dixmude landed in Dakar, on January 28, 500 men and 140 vehicles of a Joint Battle Group (IAWG), the ferry MN Eider happened in the Senegalese port with about 250 vehicles and a hundred containers belonging to the 1st Brigade, including logistics