Thursday, May 28, 2020

Coal Carrier News

Corona Youthful graced the cover of the December 2019 edition of Maritime Reporter & Enginering News. (Image: Maritime Reporter & Engineering News)

"K" Line Delivers Coal Carrier “Tohoku Maru”

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., (“K” Line) has delivered the Tohoku Maru, a 91,000 DWT-type special coal carrier at Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.Tohoku Maru is same type as “K” Line’s specialized fleet for transport of thermal coal known as the “Corona-series”. The “Corona-series” consists of epoch-making coal carriers equipped with wide beam and shallow draft, which are said to be the most suitable type to enter ports of Japanese Thermal Power Stations to discharge cargo.Tohoku Maru is equipped with Advanced Flipper Fins and Rudder Fin which promote her propeller efficiency.

The Corona Youthful (Photo: Kobe Steel)

Kobe Steel, "K" Line to Study Shipboard PowerGen

As the shipping industry is pushed to dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions courtesy of mandate from the International Maritime Organization, a pair of Japanese companies have embarked on a study of efficient shipboard power generation.Kobe Steel, Ltd. will conduct joint research with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. on a binary cycle power generation system currently under development. The binary cycle power generation system was installed on the coal carrier Corona Youthful.

NYK Eco-award: Photo NYK

Japan Eco Award for NYK Hull Air-Lube System

The Japanese Government's 'Minister's Award' has been presented jointly to NYK and the  Oshima Shipbuilding Co. in recognition of the NYK Group’s use of the energy-saving air-lubrication system on its vessels. The awards ceremony was held in Tokyo at Eco-Products 2013, the largest environmental exhibition in Japan, and attended by NYK managing corporate officer Yasuo Tanaka; Iwashita Tatsurou, director and general manager of the Design Dept. at Oshima Shipbuilding; and Makoto Igarashi, president of MTI.

'Soyo': Photo credit NYK

Naval Architects Vote NYK Coal Carrier 'Ship of the Year'

'Soyo', an NYK-owned coal carrier, has been selected as the 2012 "Ship of the Year" by the Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers (JASNAOE). JASNAOE’s “Ship of the Year” award has been presented every year since 1990 to a Japan-built vessel that the society considers to be the most technically advanced, well-designed, and socially conscious. Soyo was honored for its innovative air-lubrication system and its proven impact on CO2 reduction. This new air-lubrication…

Haramachimaru: Photo credit NYK

Bulk Ship Accesses Japan Earthquake-Damaged Port

NYK bulk coal carrier resumes direct shipments to earthquake-damaged port of Haramach. The 90,000 dwt NYK-operated bulk carrier “Haramachimaru” filled with coal has arrived at a dedicated port for a thermal power station operated by Tohoku Electric Power Co. Inc. This was the first arrival of a coal carrier at the berth since the Great East Japan Earthquake last year. The berth is located in the town of Haramachi, and wharf operations restarted as the power station became operational again. A total of 89,000 tons of coal from Newcastle, Australia, was unloaded from the vessel, Haramachimaru.

Photo credit Interlake Shipping Company

Great Lakes Coal-carrier Refloated

Salvage experts successfully refloated the freighter 'Paul R. Tregurtha' from downbound channel St. Mary's River. Two tugs with a combined 4,000 horsepower, moved the stern of the ship into the middle of the channel. This enabled salvage experts to successfully raise the ship’s bow by filling stern voids which reduced the amount of forward weight on the rocks. The vessel was cleared to proceed to anchorage near Detour, Mich., where the owners, the Coast Guard marine inspectors…

Great Lakes Coal Carrier Aground

US Coast Guard responds to grounding of 1000-ft long freighter hard aground in downbound channel of St. Mary's River. The vessel is carrying approximately 62,000 tons of coal. The motor vessel Paul R. Tregurtha, owned by Interlake Shipping Company of Ohio, grounded on the west side of Neebish Island in the vicinity of what is commonly known as the “Rock Cut.” Initial reports indicate there is no resultant pollution and no injuries were reported, but there is some damage to the ship. The freighter’s stability is currently unaffected.

First SCR NOx Removal System Installed on Coal Bulker

Aiming to Meet the IMO's Tier III NOx Emission Controls Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Akasaka Diesels Limited, and Sakai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd are to begin shipboard tests of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) nitrogen oxide (NOx) removal equipment installed on NYK Line's new bulk coal carrier Initial Salute, which was built by Oshima Shipbuilding. Shipboard trials of SCR NOx removal equipment were conducted during the voyage of Initial Salute.