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April 11, 2003
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

"K" LINE Ordered New Panamax Containerships

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" LINE) is proud to announce that it has decided to have 5 new container vessels, each with capacity of 4000 TEU. Considering competitiveness and delivery timing, these new vessels will be built by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., Korea. All the vessels will be delivered from December 2004 to February 2005. In addition to these new buildings, options are being held for another three vessels.

"K" LINE has developed its flagship service with 13 containerships with each capacity of 5500 TEU from 2001 to 2002, but with the global increase of cargo volume, and business expansion, fleet development with short term charter had been done parallel. The new 5 Panamax vessels will be replaced with these short term charter, which will assure more stable and competitive fleet.

The main specs are as follows:。

LOA 294.0 m
Width 32.2 m
Capacity 4014 TEU
Service speed 23.5 not
Reefer Plug 400

Also these New Buildings are eco-friendly designed with following views in mind:

  1. Adoption of turbo generator system to reduce CO2 emissions.
  2. Use of new refrigerant in reefer and air-conditioning equipment in which the damage factor to Ozone is extremely low.
  3. Prevention of massive oil pollution by departmentalized fuel tanks.


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