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W is for 'Wozmax', says NYK

W is for 'Wozmax', says NYK

Tokyo: Shipping heavyweight Nippon Yusen Kaisha has crowbarred new word 'Wozmax' into the shipping lexicon with its order of two 250,000dwt ore carriers from Namura Shipbuilding. The specially designed dry bulk vessels, which are scheduled for completion by 2010 and 2011, were commissioned at a special signing ceremony (pictured) held this morning in Tokyo.

The Wozmax vessels, to be used for transport ore from Western Australia, are thus named because "the 'W' stands for Western Australia, 'OZ' is common slang for Australia, and 'MAX' refers to the maximum-size vessel for ore transport from Western Australia," explains NYK.

At present NYK Group operates approximately 700 major ocean vessels, including 130 containerships, 210 bulk carriers, 40 wood-chip carriers, 100 car carriers, 25 reefer carriers, 55 tankers, 20 LNG carriers, and three cruise ships.  [19/03/07]