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Brasil Maru

Brasil MaruThe Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers has awarded its 18th Ship of The Year 2007 Award to the Brasil Maru for the large cargo ships category, the SHIGE MARU for the small cargo ship category, and Dr. KAIYO for the special purpose vessel category. These vessels were selected from 10 vessels considered for the respective awards of six categories classed by ship types. The commendation ceremony took place at the Nippon Kaiun Club in Tokyo on July 25, 2008.

The Brasil Maru, which was built by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. for Tamou Line, employs the most advanced ship technology and is the largest class among iron ore carriers. For transport of a massive volume of iron ore with heavy specific gravity, the hull form with sufficient capacity against heavy load has been developed, and the fatigue strength of welded parts of shells have been increased greatly using ultrasonic impact treatment (UIT) for longer life of the hull. Due to transport capacity of the 320,000DWT class, the transport efficiency of the vessel has increased while decreasing the load on the environment because of less emission of CO2, NOx and SOx per navigation. This responds to the request in the times.

Principle Particulars
Shipowner: Tamou Line
Shipbuilder: Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
L (b.p.) x B x D: 325.00m x 60.00m x 28.13m
Gross tonnage: 160,774 GRT
Speed, service: 15.0kt
Main engine: MITSUI MAN-B 7S80MC-C (23,640kW)
Cargo capacity: Iron ore (327,180MT)


March 25, 2017 Posted by | Bulk Carriers | Leave a comment

Kouyou bulk carrier

KouyouKawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. delivered the 58,595DWT bulk carrier, Kouyou, built at the Sakaide Works, where are cponstructed some of the top quality cruise and cargo ships. The vessel is the 29th of the Kawasaki 58,000 DWT-class bulk carrier series. The KOUYOU is designed with a flush deck and a forecastle and has five cargo holds allowing efficient transport of grain, coal, various ores, and steel products. Four 30t deck cranes installed between the hatch covers along the centerline facilitate cargo handling at ports with insufficient wharf cargo-handling facilities. The vessel employs the latest technologies to achieve maximum fuel economy, which include a fuel-saving main diesel engine, highly efficient propellers, the Kawasaki rudder bulb system with fins (RBSF), as well as a bow capable of reducing wave resistance. All these features contribute to the vessel’s enhanced propulsion performance. The main engine and generator engine comply with Tier II NOx emission standards set by the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships.
Principal particulars
L (o.a.) x B x D x d: 197.00m x 194.00m x 32.26m x 18.10m x 12.65m
DWT/GT: 58,595 DWT / 33,126 GRT
Cargo hold capacity: 73,614m3
Main engine Kawasaki-MAN B&W 6S50MC-C7 diesel x 1 unit
MCR: 8,630kW x 116rpm
Speed, service: about 14.45kt

January 27, 2014 Posted by | Bulk Carriers | Leave a comment

Ramform Titan seismic ship

Ramform TitanMitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd delivered the Ramform Titan to Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (PGS) at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works on May 10, 2013. The vessel has a distinctive triangular hull called ‘Ramform,’ measuring 104m long and 70m wide, which allows more efficient 3D seismic surveying. This vessel will conduct seismic surveys using acoustic waves (also referred to as seismic waves). Air gun sources emit acoustic waves that strike the seabed and strata boundaries and bounce back as echoes. These echoes are detected by sensors inside multiple streamer cables several kilometers in length, which are towed from the vessel’s stern. When data from the cables are processed and analyzed by computer, it is possible to identify likely oil or natural gas deposits below the seabed. Adding more cables allows the vessel to explore a wider area of the seabed, improving efficiency and safety. The vessel can be equipped with 24 cables with its 70m stern width, which was increased from the 40 meters of PGS’s previous series. Offshore seismic surveys are conducted around the clock, and if a survey field is extensive, it takes several months. For crew comfort, the vessel is fully equipped with recreational facilities including a lounge, a TV room, a sauna, an outdoor pool, and an indoor ball game court as well as facilities including a living room and a dining room. The vessel is also equipped with a helicopter deck to transport members of the crew or replenish supplies without mooring and interrupting observations. Bunkering by a bunker ship is also possible while the vessel tows streamer cables.
Principal particulars
L (o.a.) x L (b.p.) x B (mld.) x D (mld.) x d (mld.): 104.21m x 96.002m x 70.00m x 8.10m x 6.42m
Gross Tonnage: 20,637 GRT
Transit speed: abt. 16.5kt
Towing Speed: abt. 5.0kt
Main generator engines: 6 sets of
Wartsila Model 8L32 (3,840kW x 720min-1)
Propulsion: 3 sets of electric, CP propeller plants (with nozzle and propeller shaft 6,000 kW/each shaft)
Bow thruster: 2,200kW x 1 set
Streamer reels: Reel capacity 12 km x 24 sets

January 27, 2014 Posted by | Multi-Purpose Ships | Leave a comment

RoPax ferry SUZURAN

SUZURANMitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) completed construction of SUZURAN (HN:2276), a high-speed RoPax ferry and delivered the vessel to Shin Nihonkai Ferry Co., Ltd. at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works on June 14, 2012. The ferry is the sister vessel of the HAMANASU and AKASHIA.
The vessel is equipped with the CRP POD system, which achieves an extremely low fuel consumption compared with ordinary RoPax ferries. In addition, this vessel also has a steam turbine generator as a waste heat recovery system so that additional energy saving can be achieved. The passenger facilities of this vessel are designed to provide a great deal of private space for each passenger. For example, the economy class passenger compartment consists of vertically interlocked individual spaces with berths. The ship will operate between Asian and Australian destinations and will be able to carry 613 passengers in comfortable compartments with own seats and restaurant. Definitely the ship is extremely effective and flexible for operations and most probably will be one of the most profitable ferries for the company.
Principal Particulars
Length (o.a.): 224.5m
Length (b.p.): 207.72m
Breadth: 26.0m
Depth: 10.0m (2nd Deck)
Design draft: 7.4m
Gross tonnage: 34,400 (International) 17,400 (JG)
Main propulsion system: Main engine 8,700kW x 2 units
Pod system: 12.9MW x 1 unit
Speed, service: 27.5kt (Trial max 30.1kn)
Cruising range: Approx. 3,300n.m.
Lane meter: 2,000 m for Trailers, 300 m for private cars
Passenger: 613 persons
Crew: 53 persons
Classification: JG

January 9, 2013 Posted by | Ferries | Leave a comment

MHI completes module carrier – YAMATAI

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed construction of YAMATAI, a module carrier with the designed module carrying capacity of 3,000 tons x 2 units, for NYK-Hinode Line, Ltd. This is the first of two sister vessels built at the Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, which is the best yard for cruise and cargo ships. The YAMATAI is the world’s first vessel equipped with the Air Lubrication System (ALS) using an air blower. The air delivered to the bottom of the vessel by the blower reduces the frictional resistance of the hull surface against sea water, thus achieving about 10% energy saving engineering including the energy required by the blower. In addition to the ALS, the module carrier adopts the optimum propeller design and the Mitsubishi-Reaction fin achieves high propulsive performance with less vibration. The module carries is quite large and has cargo capacity for carry some large yacht of small ship. The module carrier has a flush deck module area of 120m x 36m on the upper deck, which enables roll on/roll off module loading by self-moving dolly.
Principal particulars
L (b.p.) x B x D: 152.621m x 38.0m x 9.0m
Gross tonnage: 14,538
Module carrying capacity: 3,000 tons x 2 units
Main engine: DAIHATSU 6DKM-36 x 2 units
Speed, service: about 13.25kt

August 17, 2010 Posted by | Special Ships | , , , | Leave a comment

The product carrier INCA

Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has completed construction of the 68,467DWT product oil carrier, INCA (HN: 2161), the second delivery of a series of four vessels at Koyo Dockyard Co., Ltd. of the Imabari Group. The product carrier incorporates the latest marine transport technology and rich experience of Imabari to satisfy reliability and performance requirements of the shipowner and operator. The INCA is the flush deck type vessel with the engine room and accommodation deck house including navigation space are located aft. The hull construction uses the double side shell and double bottom type with a cargo and slop tank arrangement that consists of 16 tanks. Such technology is quite modern in maritime transport and shipbuilders, which increases the cargo capacity. These tanks are separated by the centerline longitudinal bulkhead. Considering cargo handling, the cargo part hull members of all transverse beams are arranged on the upper deck side. Four longitudinals are arranged along double side shell, maintenance work is also facililtated. The hull outfittings Deck machinery is all operated electro-hydraulically. Eight winches are installed for mooring and anchor hoisting. The safety passages are provided from the bridge to the bow in accordance with the SOLAS II-1/3-3 regulation. The winching space provided for a helicopter is connected with the safety passage. Cargo handling equipment Three main cargo oil piping systems are provided which allows simultaneous handling of three different type cargo oils. Double shut valve systems are used for each main cargo oil pipe to prevent from contamination. The cargo pumping system provided with PRIMA-VAC System. Therefore, the stripping of bottom oil can be instantaneously start immediately after oil unloading. The vapor emission control system is provided to satisfy the USCG rules (46CRF, Chapter I-Part 39).
The vessel is provided with the fixed type gas detector for BWT and cofferdam for monitoring in the cargo control room. In the cargo oil pump room, the fixed type flammable gas detector and O2 densimeter are provided and monitoring can be achieved in the same way.
Pure epoxy resin coating is applied to the inner wall of cargo oil tanks, which has superior characteristics against the various oil products. Tar epoxy resin coating is also applied to edge treatment of the material for
ballast tanks and the protective measures against corrosion with strip coating. The backup anode with 6-year life is also installed. Machinery part The 2-cycle main diesel engine and diesel generator comply with IMO NOx regulations to cope with air pollution prevention. Engine automation and design are based on the LRS UMS. For the diesel generator, fuel viscosity control and valve switching can be achieved at the control room. Such technology is used in some of he largest cruise ships, such as Costa Serena and Oasis of the seas vessel.
Principal particulars
Ship Type: Product oil carrier
L (o.a.) x L (b.p.) x B x D x d: 228.54m x 220.00m x 32.20m x 19.50m x 13.20m
DWT: 68,467
GT: 39,085t
Main engine: Mitsui-MAN B&W
6560MC Mark VI diesel x 1 unit
MCR: 10,002kW x 93.0rpm
NOR: 8,502kW x 88.1rpm
Speed, service: 14.50knots
Complement: 30
Classification: LRS
Handling gear: 15t x 1 set
Cargo pump: 2,000m3/h x 3 sets
Loading capacity (tank): 81,691m3

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Oil Tankers | , , , | Leave a comment

MOL Efficiency

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed construction of the MOL Efficiency (HN: 1246), the largest container carriers capable of carrying 4,646TEUs, for delivery to Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) at its Kobe Shipyard & Engine Works. The MOL Efficiency is the first of four carriers ordered by MOL. The carrier is the Panamax type, and can load 2,074TEUs in container holds and 2,572TEUs (in maximum seven tiers) on the upper deck. The main feature is adoption of a new hull arrangement for the fuel tanks. In the conventional container carrier, fuel oil is stored in tanks between outer shell and cargo holds. The new arrangement uses the bulkhead spaces for the fuel storage. Over 50% of the total storage capacity is shifted to the new location. Thus, risks of oil spills in emergencies such as collision and grounding can considerably be reduced, ensuring environmentally friendly ship operation. In addition, the new cylinder oil saving system based MHI completes container carrier, MOL Efficiency on the Swirl Injection Principle (SIP) is adopted for the main engine, which provide better utilization and considerable reduction in consumption of cylinder oil. The main engine is a development of the large yachting technologies, which saves fuel consumption and increase the efficiency of the vessel. Such engine systems increase the speed with better fuel injection and combustion.
Principal particulars:
Length, o.a.: 294.09m
Length, b.p.: 282.00m
Breadth, mld.: 32.22m
Depth, mld.: 21.85m
Draught, mld.: 13.50m
Deadweight: 63,160t
Gross tonnage: 53,822t
Main engine: Mitsubishi Sulzer 9RTA96C diesel x 1 unit
MCR: 49,410kW x 100 min-1
NCR: 42,000kW x 94.7 min-1
Speed, service: about 25.5kt
Complement: 30
Classification: ABS
Completion: Apr. 16, 2003

January 3, 2010 Posted by | Container Ships | | Leave a comment


NSS  GRANDEURMitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) has delivered the 177,000DWT bulk carrier, NSS GRANDEUR (HN: 1646) to Grand Shipping S. A. of Panama at the Chiba Works. The NSS GRANDEUR is the 10th of the MES Dunkerquemax series, which is designed with super-wide hatch openings to facilitate cargo-handling work. The ship has nine holds and nine hatches and the total cargo hold capacity of 197,014m3. The ship was contracted for sale with operator in China. The bulk carrier is profitable and highly effective for operations. The main engine is the Mitsui- MAN B&W 6S70MC diesel engine that satisfies the IMO environmental standards for exhaust gas. Optimal matching at normal output allows decreasing fuel consumption. Adoption of the electric-control lubrication system for the engine cylinders contributes to cost reduction in ship operation. The ballast tanks of top and bottom side are separated to facilitate ballasting and deballasting work. The exchange of ballast water is possible during navigation for marine environment protection. The diesel engines for electric power generation also meet the IMO environmental standards for exhaust gas.
Principal particulars:
L (o.a.) x L (b.p.) x B x D x d: 289.00m x 279.00m x 45.00m x 24.40m x 17.95m
DWT/GT: 176,882t (d=17.95m)/88,819t
Main engine: Mitsui-MAN B&W
6S70MC diesel x 1 unit
MCR: 16,860KW x 91rpm
Speed, service: 15.0kt
Complement: 30
Classification: NK
Completion: Jan. 23, 2006

June 20, 2009 Posted by | Bulk Carriers | , , , , | Leave a comment

The chemical tanker Ginga Panther

Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd. (SKD) completed the 25,000DWT chemical tanker, GINGA PANTHER (HN: 5428), for Achilles Line Shipping S.A. at Hiroshima Dockyard on June 7, 2007. The chemical tanker has 28 cargo tanks including small and large ones, based on the latest design for this type. Cargo tank material is SUS316LN as measures for anti-corrosion and quality assurance of cargoes. The cargo handling system consists of one submerged pump and one cargo line per cargo tank. This allows transporting a variety of chemical and petroleum products. Corrugated bulkheads are used for cargo tanks, which eliminate the projected members that may be obstacles to cleaning tanks.
For increased propulsion efficiency, bulbous bow, A.S. Fin (asymmetric fin), and turbo-ring are installed. The A.S. Fin is attached to the stern below water line, and the turbo-ring is located after the propeller. A bow
thruster is mounted for swift berthing and unberthing work. A large-capacity dinitrogen generator is installed
in the engine room considering safety of transport and cargo handling efficiency. The vessel has obtained Class NK ‘M0’ notification. Main engine remote control at the bridge and main engine and machinery remote control in the engine room can be achieved. Centralized control of the engine and machinery is also available.
Principal particulars:
Owner: Achilles Line Shipping S.A.
Builder: Shin Kurushima Dockyard
Hull No.: 5428
Ship type: Chemical tanker
L (o.a.) x L (p.p.) x B (mld.) x D (mld.)
x d (mld.): 159.98m x 154.00m x
26.80m x 14.20m x 9.85m
DWT/GT: 25,338t/16,222
Main engine: Mitsubishi 6UEC52LA
diesel x 1 unit
Speed, service: abt. 15.5kt
Classification: NK
Completion: June 7, 2007

March 3, 2009 Posted by | Chemical Tanker | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The LPG Carrier Rhourd el Adra

Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. has delivered RHOURD EL ADRA, a 22,500cbm semi-refrigerated type LPG carrier to the owner, Hyproc Shipping Company, at its Imari Shipyard & Works on Aug. 31, 2007. This is the first of two sister vessels for the owner. Experience gained from the operation by NAFTOMAR of previously built two vessels has been reflected in the new design. The normal operational area is mainly planned for Europe and the Mediterranean for this type of the vessel, and the hull of the vessel is optimized  to have large loading capacity with relatively small gross tonnage, considering the high frequency of port of calls for the vessel.
Weir LGE Process, an engineering company, in Scotland provided technical cooperation and took charge of the cargo handling part in  the partnership with Namura. The cargo can be carried in the semi-refrigerated, semi-pressurized, or full-refrigerated condition, and the gas plant is capable of containing and handling cargoes such as LPG, Anhydrous Ammonia, Butadiene, VCM, etc. Main features are as follows. All crew have a private cabin with toilet and bath. The No. 2 tank is the biggest single bi-lobe tank in the world. The bow thruster is used to facilitate berthing and maneuvering at respective ports. The engine room arrangement has been improved to secure maintenance space at various auxiliary machines. As the latest measures against pirates, the vessel is fitted with a CCTV system equipped with surveillance cameras. Spare parts management system (AMOS) which manages the supply of spare parts from the shore is fitted. The ship is created for operations between the largest Asian cities ports and South American ports.
Principal particulars:
L (o.a.) x L (B.P.) x B x D x d: 156.07m x 148.00m x 25.00m x 16.5m x 8.3m
Gross tonnage: 16,938
Cargo tank capacity: 22,500cbm
Main engine: B&W 6S50MC (Mk 6)
Output: 8,090kW x 120.0rpm
Speed, service: 16.5kt

February 28, 2009 Posted by | LPG Carrier | , , , , , | Leave a comment