Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL0) announced that the next generation coal carrier, Kurotakisan Maru III which will serve Electric Power Development (J-POWER), has been delivered to Oshima Shipbuilding. J-POWER Chairman Watanabe and MOL Chairman Hashimoto and their wives attended the christening and delivery ceremony and the ship began its maiden voyage.
MOL will operate the vessel, which will transport coal for the J-POWER plants. The name of the Kurotakisan Maru III is derived from Mount Kurotaki in Takehara-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, where J-POWER’s Takehara thermal power plant is located, and is reminiscent of its predecessors, the Kurotakisan Maru (delivered in 1981) and the second-generation Kurotakisan Maru (delivered in 1995).
The Kurotakisan Maru III, ordered in 2019, is the first vessel in the “EeneX” series of new generation coal carriers based on the know-how and technology accumulated by Japanese shipbuilding in the development and construction of coal carriers, as well as on the expertise of MOL in the operation of these vessels. The adoption of a double-hull structure eliminated the need to fill the cargo holds with ballast water, thereby reducing the risk of marine pollution and minimizing the contamination of the cargo with salt and rust. In addition, the ship is equipped with a SOx scrubber to reduce its environmental impact.
Main details Kurotakisan Maru III
- LOA: 235.00m
- Width: 38.00 m
- Draft: 20.05 m
- Deadweight tonnage: 89,999 tonnes
EeneX expresses MOL’s intention to promote Global Energy Diffusion (“ene”) by continuously playing a role in coal-fired thermal power generation, combining “E”, which stands for the keywords: Efficient; Ecological; Economic; To evolve; in the development of the vessel, with “X”, which reflects synergy.