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Japan's largest ever containership delivered

Tokyo: "K" Line has taken delivery of the 8,212teu newbuilding Humber Bridge from the Kure Shipyard of IHI Marine United Inc, the largest containership ever built in Japan.

Humber Bridge is the first of a series of eight sister ships delivering through 2009 to be used on Asia/North Europe Trade. The 98,800gt vessels measure 336 metres in length, 45.8 metres in width and 24.4 metres in depth, with nominal capacity of 9,040teu. Service speed is 25.6 knots.

The vessels incorporate advanced environmental and safety features including fuel oil tanks located in the bulkheads and double-bottom hulls, electronically controlled engines, and latest tin-free coatings. A heat recovery steam generator system is employed to use heat from the exhaust gas discharged from the main engine for generation of electricity, thereby reducing total fuel oil consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

In addition, "K" Line points out that the ships incorporate a wider beam hull design that enables higher stability during sea voyage, which in turn results in minimum use of ballast water, thereby lessening the chance of ecosystem damage due to ballast water transfer. [27/10/06]

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