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Coastal dry bulker naming ceremony held

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TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd has announced that naming and delivery ceremonies for the coastal dry bulker Kaiei Maru were held at Murakami Hide Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Among those on hand for the event were Takeshi Tanimura, President of Kaita Biomass Power Co., Ltd. The Kaiei Maru will be operated by MOL Group company MOL Coastal Shipping, Ltd and serve Kaita Biomass Power.

The Japanese name ‘Kaiei’ is the combination of the letter ‘kai’ derived from the city name ‘Kaita-cho’ and the letter ‘ei’, which expresses wishes for prosperity. The vessel's name reflects its role in contributing to the future growth of the power plant and Kaita-cho.

The Kaiei Maru is a coastal dry bulker equipped with a self-unloader and will serve in routine transport of mainly woody biomass fuels, which will be used for thermal plants, from relay terminals in Japan to the Kaita Power Plant.

Biomass is a plant-derived woody fuel, and is referred as a fuel that can realise the goal of becoming carbon neutral; in other words, not increasing density of combusted carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, based on the idea that CO2 is absorbed by trees in the atmosphere.

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  • LOA: 99.99 m.
  • Breadth: 18.40 m.
  • Draft: Approximately 5.00 m.
  • Gross tonnage: 2137 t.
  • Deadweight tonnage: Approximately 3800 t.
  • Cargo hold capacity: Approximately 4300 m3.
  • Main engine: Diesel internal combustion engine.
  • Speed: 11.8 knots.
  • Loading capacity: 1000 m3/h.
  • Shipbuilder: Murakami Hide Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
  • Ship operator: MOL Coastal Shipping, Ltd.

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