Jan 18, 2024 | Shipbuilding & ship repair news

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (‘K’ Line) and Nihon Shipyard (NSY) have entered into a contract for the construction of three post-Panamax next-generation, environmentally friendly bulk carriers.

The next-generation vessels are to NSY’s 92-type, i.e. 92,000 dwt, design and will be known as ‘K’ Line’s Corona-series. They will be 229m long, wide beam (38m), with shallow draught (14.2m loaded). The ships will be employed carrying coal to power plants in Japan.

They will be built in accordance with EEDI Phase requirements, applicable to bulkers of 20,000 dwt or more, and are expected to be around 30% more efficient in CO2 emissions compared to the EEDI standards. In pursuit of a further reduction in the environmental burden through greater fuel economy, the new ship design is expected to achieve a 40% improvement in CO2 emissions efficiency based on NSY’s optimal ship development. This will be achieved through the newest design of main engine along with other energy-saving measures. The vessels will be prepared for operation on methanol, enabling use on this marine fuel with a low environmental footprint when readily available.

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