VESSEL REVIEW | JFE Kokuryu – Japanese-built Ro-Ro with innovative cargo handling system
Japan Marine United (JMU) has handed over a new freight-only Ro-Ro vessel to compatriot shipping company Asuka Kisen for operation under charter with JFE Logistics Corporation.
JFE Kokuryu will be used to provide sea transport services for JFE Steel Corporation. As with its near-identical sister JFE Hakuryu, the vessel boasts a cargo deck that is capable of handling wheeled vehicles as well as palletised freight, allowing for efficient loading and unloading operations.
The newbuild has an LOA of 115 metres, a beam of 22 metres, a deadweight tonnage of 5,026, a gross tonnage of 8,611, and capacity for up to 3,700 cubic metres of palletised freight. Space is also available for 16 crewmembers and additional personnel while a Hanshin Diesel Works 8L35MC6 main engine propels the vessel to a maximum speed of 14.7 knots. Three generators supply power for the various onboard systems.
JMU said the vessel is an improved variant of an earlier Ro-Ro series that boasted improved efficiency through the incorporation of a fully automated onboard cargo handling system with a side-mounted loading/unloading platform for use by heavy wheeled vehicles. Other key improvements include the installation of a second cargo deck to enable more palletised freight to be transported on each trip.
Construction of JFE Kokuryu was completed in compliance to ClassNK rules.
|Type of vessel:
|Asuka Kisen, Japan
|JFE Logistics Corporation, Japan
|Japan Marine United
|3,700 cubic metres
|Hanshin Diesel Works 8L35MC6
|Other equipment installed:
|Thermal oil heater; pallet cargo handling system
|Type of fuel: