"Tohoku Maru" enters K Line's fleet
Japan-headquartered K Line recently took delivery of the “Tohoku Maru,” a 92,000 DWT-type special coal carrier at Oshima Shipbuilding.
The vessel is the same type as K Line’s specialised fleet for the transport of thermal coal known as the “Corona-series”. Nothing to do with the current virus, the “Corona-series” consists of coal carriers of 235 m length, with a beam of 43 m and shallow draft (18.4 m), the most suitable type for entering ports of Japanese thermal power stations to discharge cargo.
The ship is equipped with energy-saving and ecological technology such as advanced flipper fins and a rudder fin that promote her propeller efficiency. A ballast water management system to protect marine ecosystems and a SOx scrubber which eliminates sulphur oxides from the engine's exhaust gas are also part of the design, enabling the newbuilding to comply with the global SOx regulation that came into effect in January 2020.
"Tohoku Maru" will be involved primarily in carrying thermal coal to thermal power plants for Tohoku Electric Power Co. (mw)