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K Line orders low-emission coal freighters

K Line and Nikon Shipyard (NSY) have signed a contract for the construction of three post-Panamax bulkers.

The NSY shipyard has redesigned and developed next-generation vessels, according to K Line. The newbuildings are a 92 type (92,000 deadweight tons) of K Line’s so-called “Corona series”[ds_preview].

These are wide ships with a shallow draught that are optimally designed for transporting coal to coal-fired power plants in Japan. The ships will have a length of 229 m, a width of 38 m and a draught of around 14.20 m when fully loaded.

In phase 3 of the EEDI, ships (with a carrying capacity of at least 20,000 tons) for which construction contracts are concluded in 2025 or later must have a 30% higher CO2 efficiency compared to the current EEDI standards, according to the client. Against this backdrop, the ships now on order should even achieve a 40% improvement in CO2 emission efficiency, according to the statement. Among other things, the latest main propulsion systems will contribute to this. In addition, a methanol-capable ship concept will be introduced, which provides for a switch to methanol, according to K Line.

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