Top > News Releases > "K" Line Places Order in China for New Cape-sized Bulk Carrier

July 21, 2005
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

"K" Line Places Order in China for New Cape-sized Bulk Carrier

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K"Line) is pleased to announce that order has been placed for construction of a new 177,000-dwt cape-sized bulk carrier with SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.) under the wing of CSSC (China State Shipbuilding Corporation). This is the 2nd time for the Company to place a shipbuilding order in China following three preceding car carriers that were ordered in 2003, and is the first order for a bulk carrier.

The signing ceremony for the construction contract took place July 20, 2005 at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Beijing. CSSC's President Chen Xiaojin, "K" Line's President Hiroyuki Maekawa and 60 others concerned with this project participated in the ceremony celebrating this latest shipbuilding order.

CSSC has a large number of shipbuilding companies under its wing. Since 1999, they have been successfully engaged in constructing containerships, bulk carriers, VLCCs and LNG (liquefied natural gas) carriers, etc., concluding shipbuilding contracts with numerous shipping companies all over the world.

With a view to expansion of Chinese shipbuilding companies' construction capabilities, the Company has a strong intention to effectively capitalize on their capabilities to help cope with the increasing demand for materials in the steel industry.

177 Type Cape-sized Bulk Carrier

Expected date of delivery September 2008
DWT Approximately 177,000 MT
LOA 292 Meters
Breadth 45 Meters


To read the PDF files, you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer.
If you do not have it, you can get it here.