One big ore… carrier

MOL celebrates ore carrier delivery
Mike Grinter, 6 August 2008, Lloyds List

The Tubarao Maru was built by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding at its Chiba Works facility.

At 327,000 dwt vessel, the latest addition to MOL’s dry bulk fleet is similar to its sister vessel, the Brasil Maru, which the company took delivery of in December. Another three vessels are under construction and will be delivered by August next year.

The Tubarao Maru has been contracted to Nippon Steel on a long-term charter to deliver iron ore from Brazil. Under the terms of the contract, the vessel will carry 1.4m tonnes annually.

Guests attending the ceremony at MES’ Chiba works included Nippon Steel president Shoji Muneoka and MES president Yasuhiko Katoh. Mr Muneoka’s wife Yoko cut the rope and Mr Muneoka named the ship.

Read the official press release from MOL here. Below are the “just the facts”.

MV Brasil Maru, MV Tubarao Maru
Length overall : 340.00 m
Width (molded): 60.00 m
Depth (molded): 28.15 m
Draft (molded): 21.13 m
Gross Tonnage: 160,774 tons
Deadweight Tonnage: 327,180 metric tons (at draft = 21.13 meters)
Main Engine: MITSUI-MAN B&W Diesel Engine 7S80MC -C
M.C.O. : 23,640 kW x 66 rpm
Speed: 15.0 knots
Complements: 30 persons
Classification Society: NK
Flag: Panama
Yard: Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) Chiba Works
Operator: Mitsui O.S.K Lines Ltd (MOL), Tamou Line S.A.

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