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August 21, 2003
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

"K" Line's Tanker Fleet Heading for 100% Double Hull

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) has decided to sell its last single hull VLCC, the 269,065DWT "Sumidagawa" built in 1992. The delivery is expected in early September.
"K" Line has been staging a campaign for introduction of double hull tankers to prevent oil from spilling due to ship hull damage. Upon delivery of the "Sumidagawa," nine double hull tankers will occupy almost all of the ten tankers in operation except for one Aframax tanker being time-chartered.
To further expand the use of double hull tankers in its operating fleet, "K" Line is going to take delivery of two new double hull VLCC vessels from a Japanese shipyard early next year.

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