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New LNG Carrier for Chubu Electric Named "BISHU MARU"

December 1, 2015

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) held a naming ceremony for the newly-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier (*1) for Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Chubu Electric) at Sakaide Shipyard of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) today.

The new vessel was given her name "BISHU MARU" by President & Director Satoru Katsuno of Chubu Electric, the Charterer.


"BISHU MARU" comes from the name of an old district in western Aichi Prefecture named "Owari" where an LNG receiving terminal of Chubu Electric is located. In addition, she is the second generation with this name which was handed down from an earlier LNG carrier, the first to have been managed by a shipping company in Japan, which was also managed by "K" Line and completed at the Sakaide Shipyard of KHI in 1983 as well.

"BISHU MARU" will mainly serve on the transportation route between Australia and Japan after delivery, and is expected to contribute to stable transportation of energy in Japan which her predecessor faithfully carried out for many years.

"K" Line is dedicated to contribute in meeting the expanding needs of LNG transportation with a view to simultaneously developing a more stable earnings structure as a part of our medium-term management plan " Value for our Next Century" that was newly introduced earlier this year.

Main Particulars of the Vessel

Charterer Chubu Electric  
Construction Yard KHI Sakaide Shipyard
LOA About 293m
Beam 48.9m (*2)
Tank Capacity 164,700m3
Boil Off Rate (*3) 0.08% per day
Propulsion System Reheat Steam Turbine (Kawasaki Advanced Reheat Turbine Plant) (*4)
Speed 19.5 Knot

(*1) Please refer to the press release on March 29, 2013:
"Kquot; Line to enter Long-Term Time Charter and Construction of LNG Carrier to serve Chubu Electric

(*2) Allowable width to pass through the Panama Canal after the expansion.

(*3) Boil Off Rate (BOR): Ratio of natural vaporized gas against maximum tank capacity to indicate capability of tank heat-insulation system.

(*4) Reheat Turbine Plant: Next-generation LNG carrier propulsion plant of high thermal efficiency and high reliability, incorporating the most advanced materials and control technologies including improvements in steam conditions to raise the thermal efficiency.