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NYK orders post-panamax car carriers

NYK orders post-panamax car carriers
Tokyo: Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has ordered four pure car and truck (PCTCs) carriers designed for the expanded Panama Canal.

NYK has contracted the vessels at domestic yards in Japan two will be built and Imbari Shipbuilding and two at Shin Kurushima Dockyard. The car carriers are due for delivery in 2014 and 2015 are the first the shipowner has ordered since 2008.

“NYK expects the worldwide demand for PCTC transport to steadily expand, and these four new vessels will be the post-panamax vessels capable of transiting the Panama Canal when the third lane of locks, larger than the current two, becomes operational in the autumn of 2014,” NYK said. The vessels are 2– 3 metres wider than current car carriers.


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