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K Line to expand fleet with methanol-ready bulk carriers

Image: K Line K Line bulker
Japan’s K Line is expanding its fleet dry bulk flee with an order at a Japanese yards for methanol-ready ships.

K Line has signed a contract with the Japanese shipbuilder Nihon Shipyard, a joint venture between Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU) and  Imabari Shipbuilding, for the construction of three methanol-ready post-Panamax bulkers.

The 92-type bulkers, also known as K Line’s “Corona-series,” are wide-beam, shallow-draught coal carriers optimally designed for the transportation of coal to coal-fired power plants in Japan and have been developed by Nihon as next-generation, environmentally friendly ships.

The new ships will feature 40% improvement in CO2 emissions efficiency based on NSY’s optimal ship development, including the newest main engine and the adoption of energy-saving accessories, said K Line.

“Moreover, the methanol-ready ship concept which assumes a shift toward methanol, a marine fuel with a low environmental footprint, will be adopted,” said the company.

K Line is also working with partners on the development of an ammonia-powered 200,000 dwt bulker. The basic design won AiP in 2022, and K Line is working with ITOCHU Corporation, Nihon Shipyard, Mitsui E&S Machinery Co., and NS United Kaiun Kaisha to take delivery of the Newcastlemax bulker and begin its social implementation in 2026.