Bulk Carrier Komatsushima Star Launched
Mar. 31, 2009
Tokyo, March 31, 2009 — Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation today launched the Komatsushima Star bulk carrier for Panama-based Lua Line S.A. at its Kobe Shipyard. The carrier, identified as Kawasaki hull No. 1615 and the 26th 55,100DWT bulk carrier developed by Kawasaki Shipbuilding, will be delivered in June 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.