NBP Signs Contract for Salt Carrier
NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers and NYK Group have agreed to a contract with Baja Bulk Carriers, a joint venture between the Mitsubishi Corporation and the Mexican government, for a 15-year charter of a newly built bulk carrier specialized to transport salt. The new bulker will be delivered in August 2014.
The vessel is being built by Oshima Shipbuilding, and the capacity of the ship will be extended beyond the typical 60,000dwt by extending the vessel's length by 9 meters. Furthermore, the vessel will have additional equipment for cargo handling — including two mobile cranes, a belt conveyor, a boom conveyor, and a hopper — to meet requirements fully at the discharging port. The vessel will also have an eco-ship structural design and will come equipped with an advanced electronically controlled engine.
The vessel will shuttle salt to the west coast of North America from a salt field business in Mexico that is a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corporation and the Mexican government and produces eight million tons a year. The salt is used in a wide range of industries, including as a raw material in sodium hydroxide and chlorine in the soda industry, and for road deicing.
About the vessel:
Length overall: about 209.30 meters
Breadth: about 32.26 meters
Designed draft: about 12.75 meters
Deadweight tonnage: about 62,800 tons
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