On September 30, a new coal carrier, Noshiro Maru, was delivered at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (Saikai city, Nagasaki prefecture). The new coal carrier is the third ship to take the Noshiro Maru name since the first Noshiro Maru began transporting coal for Tohoku Electric Power Co. Inc. 23 years ago.
A delivery and naming ceremony was held at the shipyard on the same day and attended by Mr. Makoto Kaiwa, chairman of Tohoku Electric Power; his wife; and NYK Chairman Yasumi Kudo. The vessel is named after Noshiro terminal in Akita prefecture, the destination for coal that is transported mainly from Australia and Indonesia to generate electricity for the Tohoku district of Japan.
Compared to the standard 70,000-ton Panamax bulk carrier, the new Noshiro Maru has a wider beam and a shallower draft, improving transportation efficiency.
In accordance with its ”More Than Shipping 2018” medium-term management plan, NYK will continue its efforts to make use of creative solutions to provide stable and economical coal transport.
Source: NYK Line