On December 2nd Tuesday at our Marugame Headquarters, naming and delivery ceremony has been held successfully and with great eclat for M.V. NORD DRACO, 84,000DWT Type Bulk Carrier ordered by and built for Messrs. E.K. LINE S.A.
The vessel design was newly developed in 2012, which secures 80,000M.T. DWT at under 14.0m draft, by widening the breadth compared to conventional panamax type bulk carrier, based on the fact that the draft restriction of majority of the world’s ports called by such 80,000M.T. DWT class bulk carrier is less than 14meters.
Enlarged hold capacity and strengthened hull with BC-A notation give the vessel broader and flexible utility and be able to carry wide range of cargoes including light cargo such as grain, common cargo such as coal and alternate loading of ore cargo as well. Cargo handling efficiency in port is also improved by widened hatch opening.
Although the vessel size is enlarged and deadweight is increased, remarkable performance of lower fuel consumption, in comparison with existing design, is attained by application of various energy saving measures including HYBRID-FIN, our unique design which improves the propulsion efficiency. Furthermore, the AERO-CITADEL type superstructure is adopted, which contributes to lower wind resistance and antipiracy measures. The AERO-CITADEL superstructure was already adopted to another vessel which has the honor of having received the Ship of the Year 2013 Award.
Since her development, this 84,000M.T. DWT type bulk carrier, memorable 1st vessel of which was just completed, has been receiving good reputation from local and overseas ship operators and cargo owners, and nearly 20 vessels have been ordered. We will be taking on a challenge further to develop new design in order to flexibly reflect the needs of our customers.