Kawasaki Delivers Newly Developed 311,000-ton VLCC KISOGAWA

Nov. 15, 2017

Tokyo, November 15, 2017 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. delivered today the KISOGAWA (Kawasaki hull no. 8026, NACKS hull no. NE237), a very large crude oil carrier (VLCC), to KISOGAWA SHIPPING S.A. The vessel was delivered at the Nantong COSCO KHI Ship Engineering Co., Ltd. (NACKS) shipyard, which is located in Nantong, China and operated jointly with China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited. The KISOGAWA is the first vessel of Kawasaki's newly developed 311,000-ton (dead weight tonnage) VLCC.

Delivery, principal particulars and features of the vessel are as described below.

Delivery November 15, 2017
Principal Particulars
Length overall 339.50 m
Length between perpendiculars 334.10 m
Molded breadth 60.00 m
Molded depth 28.90 m
Molded draft 21.00 m
Gross tonnage 161,486 t
Deadweight 312,020 t
Main engine One set of MAN B & W 7G80ME-C9.5-TII diesel engine
Maximum continuous output 21,670 kW at 58 rpm
Complement 35 people
Classification American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Country of registration Panama


  1. Kawasaki's new VLCC replaces the conventional bulbous bow with a newly designed bow form that extends the vessel's length at the waterline. This new design greatly reduces wave-making resistance from bow waves during navigation, enabling greater propulsive performance.
  2. The use of a low-speed, ultra-long-stroke main engine together with a high-efficiency, large-diameter propeller provides low fuel consumption.
  3. The new vessel complies with the newly established Harmonized Common Structural Rules (HCSR) in order to ensure more reliable hull strength, and also offers excellent safety performance.


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