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"K" Line Launches New VLOC "Toyokuni" For Nippon Steel
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd ("K" Line) announced July 7 the completion of the Company's second 300,000-dwt class ore carrier "Toyokuni" at the Ariake Shipyard of Universal Shipbuilding Corporation. The new Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) will engage in the shuttle transport of iron ore between Brazilian major ports and the deep draft berth of Nippon Steel Corporation Oita Works.

The vessel is the largest ever size "K" Line launches for the transport of raw materials for Nippon Steel, while it has the versatility of so-called "Unimax Ore" being capable to be in berth at major iron ore loading ports in Western Australia, as well.

The vessel, constructed to fly the Japanese flag and christened "Toyokuni" - a real Japanese name associated with Oita, is expected to play an initiative role to be conducive to improving the education and training system for Japanese seafarers.

<Major specifications of the "Toyokuni">
LOA:327.00 M
Width:55.00 m
Depth:29.25 m
Draft:21.40 m
Deadweight Tonnage:297,584 tons
Gross Tonnage:150,834 tons
Main Engine:MAN-B&W 6S80MC-C
Speed:14.3 knots
Class:NK
Flag:Japan
Builder:Universal Shipbuilding Corporation Ariake Shipyard
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