Bulk Carrier African Kingfisher Launched
Jun. 08, 2009
Tokyo, June 8, 2009 — Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation announced today that it launched the African Kingfisher bulk carrier for Handbell Shipping S.A. at its Kobe Shipyard on June 6. The carrier, identified as Kawasaki hull No. 1616 and the 27th 55,100DWT bulk carrier developed by Kawasaki Shipbuilding, will be delivered in August 2009 after outfitting at the quay of the Shipyard.
The 189.9 m vessel has a flush deck with forecastle and five holds that are designed for optimum transport of grains, coals, ores and steel products. A new proprietary bow designed to reduce wave resistance allows the ship to operate with less fuel. Four 30 ton deck cranes are installed in the center in between hatch covers to enable cargo loading and unloading in ports where no cargo handling facilities are available.