VESSEL REVIEW | JFE Hakuryu – Side-loading Ro-Ro handed over to Japan’s Senba Kaiun
Japan Marine United (JMU) has handed over a new Ro-Ro vessel to compatriot shipping company Senba Kaiun.
JFE Hakuryu will operate under charter with JFE Logistics Corporation to provide sea transport services for JFE Steel Corporation. The cargo deck will be capable of handling wheeled vehicles as well as palletised freight each weighing up to 100 tonnes.
JMU said the newbuild is an improvement over an earlier series of Ro-Ro pallet carrier boasting enhanced efficiency thanks to a fully automated cargo handling system that also includes a side loading/unloading capability for heavy vehicles. A second cargo layer was incorporated, allowing the operator to transport a significantly greater volume of palletised freight totalling approximately 3,700 cubic metres over the same distance.
The newbuild has a length of 115 metres, a beam of 22 metres, a draught of 5.2 metres, a deadweight of 5,040, a gross tonnage of 8,576, and space 17 passengers. A Hanshin Diesel Works engine propels the ship to a service speed of 14.7 knots. The vessel is also fitted with three generators and a thermal oil heater.
JFE Hakuryu was built in compliance to ClassNK regulations.
|Type of vessel:||Ro-Ro vessel|
|Owner:||Senba Kaiun, Japan|
|Operator:||JFE Logistics Corporation, Japan|
|Length overall:||115 metres|
|Main engine:||Hanshin Diesel Works|
|Cruising speed:||14.7 knots|
|Other equipment installed:||Thermal oil heater; pallet cargo handling system|