New Coal Carrier Hokuriku Maru Delivered
A delivery ceremony was held on December 17 for Hokuriku Maru, a specialized coal carrier having a wide beam and shallow draft* for the transport of steaming coal from Australia and Indonesia to power plants operated by the Hokuriku Electric Power Company (Hokuriku Denryoku).
A naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on the same day and attended byHokuriku Denryoku representatives and NYK president Yasumi Kudo, among others.
Hokuriku Maru is the second vessel to have been honored with this name. The original Hokuriku Maru was built in 1995. The port of register is Toyama in of Japan, which is where the vessel will be making its ports of call.
The NYK Group will continue its efforts for the steady transport of resources.
To enable bulk shipments to ports where the water depth is limited, the breadth of a standard 70,000-ton Panamax bulk carrier has been broadened and improved into a shallow-draft carrier. The deadweight tonnage of the bulker is 20,000 tons more than a regular Panamax bulker, resulting in an improvement in transportation efficiency.