Bulk Carrier Queen Kobe Launched
Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation yesterday launched the Queen Kobe bulk carrier for San-E Maritime Corporation at its Kobe Shipyard.
The carrier, identified as Kawasaki hull No. 1617 and the 28th 55,100DWT bulk carrier developed by Kawasaki Shipbuilding, will be delivered in October 2009 after outfitting at the quay of the Shipyard.
The 189.9 m vessel has a flush deck with forecastle and five holds that are designed for optimum transport of grains, coals, ores and steel products. A new proprietary bow designed to reduce wave resistance allows the ship to operate with less fuel. Four 30 ton deck cranes are installed in the center in between hatch covers to enable cargo loading and unloading in ports where no cargo handling facilities are available.