180,000 DWT Bulk Carrier Kashima Maru Delivered

Jan. 17, 2013


Tokyo, January 17, 2013 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today delivered the Kashima Maru bulk carrier to Star Bulk Carrier Co., S.A. at its Sakaide Works. The vessel (Kawasaki hull no. 1680) is the 11th state-of-the-art bulk carrier with a capacity of 180,000 DWT to be developed by Kawasaki. The Kashima Maru is a 292-meter-long bulk carrier boasting one of the largest cargo capacities among vessels that can enter the French port of Dunkirk.

Features of the Kashima Maru

  1. This newly designed cutting-edge vessel is Kawasaki’s largest bulk carrier that can enter the French port of Dunkirk.
  2. The vessel is fully compliant with the new bulk carrier hull strength rules (IACS Common Structural Rules) for enhanced safety.
  3. The vessel employs the latest in technology to achieve maximum fuel economy, including an energy-saving main diesel engine, highly efficient propellers, as well as the Kawasaki semi-duct system with contra fins (SDS-F) and rudder bulb with fins (RBS-F), which all contribute to the vessel’s enhanced propulsion performance.
  4. The vessel employs double-hull fuel oil tanks and electrical deck machinery to prevent marine pollution.
  5. The bulk carrier’s anti-corrosion coatings, complying with the new performance standards for protective coatings (PSPC) for ballast tanks, ensure paint quality that is better than ever.


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