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December 13, 2004
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

"K" Line together with Osaka Gas International Transport and NYK Concludes Shipbuilding Contract for New Special-Designed 153,000M3 Type LNG Carrier with Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line), jointly with Osaka Gas International Transport Inc. (OGIT, 100% subsidiary company of Osaka Gas) and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), has concluded a shipbuilding contract for a new 153,000M3 type LNG carrier with Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation.

This LNG carrier will be mainly used for transport of LNG for Osaka Gas, carrying LNG from Qalhat LNG Project in Oman from 2009.

This LNG carrier has 4 spherical LNG tanks, of which 3 are being specially designed by stretching them by 2 meters vertically. This advantage enables tank capacity to be increased by about 5.5% but with almost same ship dimension and fuel oil consumption, thus resulting in greater efficiency of LNG transportation. This LNG carrier is also compatible with main LNG terminals throughout the world.

"K" Line became Japan's first LNG carrier owner/operator by taking delivery of S.S. Bishu Maru in 1983. "K" Line has co-owned 25 LNG carriers up to now, and currently has 10 additional LNG carriers on order at the present time. With regard to the relationship with Osaka Gas, the above-mentioned Bishu Maru operates in the Badak II project from which Osaka Gas is taking LNG. "K" Line has also co-owned LNG carriers for Badak IV project and Oman LNG project with OGIT, and is continuously seeking opportunities for expansion of LNG transport business.

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New LNG Carrier Specifications

Shipbuilder Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation
Delivery December 2008
LNG Tank Capacity 153,000M3
Tank Type Spherical Moss Type x 1 and Spherical Stretched Moss Type x 3
Length/Breadth 289.5m/49.00m
Full Load Draft 11.76m
Gross Tonnage 124,000tons
Service Speed 19.5knots

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