A new wood-chip carrier for Hokuetsu Corporation was delivered on September 11 at Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. in Saikai city, Nagasaki, Japan, and a naming and delivery ceremony was held on the same day. NYK and Hokuetsu have a long-term contract for this vessel.
The 60,360 dwt newbuilding, was handed over to the company at Oshima Shipbuilding in Saikai city, Nagasaki, Japan, on September 11.
This new carrier is an eco-ship that uses about 15% less fuel compared to conventional wood-chip carriers. The ship was named “Snow Camellia” after the prefectural tree of Niigata prefecture, the location of the Hokuetsu paper mill receiving the wood chips. The port of Niigata will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in January 2019.
In accordance with its new medium-term management plan “Staying Ahead 2022 with Digitalization and Green,” the NYK Group seeks to secure stable freight rates through long-term contracts and continue its efforts to contribute to a stable supply of wood chips.
Snow Camelia is expected to boost the company’s transport capacity of wood chips, which are raw material for paper, Hokuetsu said in a separate statement.
About Snow Camellia
Length Overall: 209.96 meters
Breadth: 37.00 meters
Deadweight Tonnage: 60,360 metric tons
Cargo tank capacity: about 4,300,000 cubic feet
Builder: Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
The port of register: Niigata, Japan