NYK Orders Next-Generation Heavy-Lift Vessels

NYK heavy lift vessel
Photo Courtesy NYK Group

The break-bulk and project cargo unit of NYK Group has signed a contract for the construction of two next-generation heavy lift vessels at the Nanjing Jinling Shipyard in China.

NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers, an NYK Group company, is the sold owner and operator of heavy lift vessels in Japan.

The two energy-efficient newbuilds will be used for the transportation of bulk cargos such plants, wind-turbine blades, and equipment. The ships will be equipped with two 400-ton cranes and be able to lift up to 800 tons of heavy cargo. They will feature holds measuring about 95 meters in max length without any bulkheads. The ships will also have no hatch covers, which will allow for navigation with the hatch cover open, and the bridge will be placed at the ship front, enabling the loading of tall and large cargo without obstructing forward visibility during navigation.

The vessels themselves will be 138-meters in length and 23.6 meters in breadth, with a deadweight of about 12,470 tons.

The vessels will be designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meeting in advance EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) Phase 3 requirements that will become effective in 2025.

Delivery of the vessels is scheduled for August 2021 and January 2022.