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MOL CBW service to call at Hibiki Port

Tokyo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines is to become the first Japanese shipping company to call at Hibiki Port (Kita-Kyushu). From November 10, MOL's CBW service which links West Japan and South Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand, will call at the port which is in close proximity to a number of industries including automobiles, chemicals, and electronics.

The service will follow the rotation:
Osaka - Kobe - Moji - Hibiki - Hakata - Pusan - Manila - Laem Chabang - Bangkok - Osaka.

Also this week, MOL christened its newly built 19,177m3 LNG vessel the Sun Arrows (pictured) at the Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation's Sakaide Shipyard. The carrier, owned by Maple LNG Transport - an equal stake joint venture by MOL and Hiroshima Gas, will transport gas from Malaysia, Sakhalin and other producing areas for HG LNG Shipping Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hiroshima Gas).

The vessel features changeable pitch propellers and ice bound sea paint to cope with the ice bound sea around Sakhalin. It also boasts LU3 equivalent performance, the highest level of ice resistance in the Russian Ship Class Association and is said to be the first such LNG carrier operated by a Japanese shipping company.  [25/10/07]

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