Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Ultra Large Container Vessels for Japanese Shipping Line

Freight Carrier Orders Five New Ships
Shipping News Feature

JAPAN – WORLDWIDE – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, otherwise known as K Line, has confirmed it is to add a further five new generation eco-friendly Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) as replacements for its current fleet of box ships. The five new vessels will join another five identical sister ships who will go into service during Spring to Summer 2015, bringing total number of K Line’s ULCVs to ten.

The ships will be delivered between Spring and Summer 2018 and will be constructed by the Imabari Shipbuilding Co. At 365.9 metres length overall with a beam of 51.2 metres the new ships are presumably designed with passage through the Panama Canal in mind when the new locks are up and running. At 13,870 TEU capacity and with a 14 metre draft we calculate passage through may prove interesting.

K Line says it has invested in the new vessels to maintain and improve service levels and to further strengthen both efficiency and cost competitiveness of its fleet.

Photo: An artist’s impression of one of the new ships.