Japanese transportation company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, also called ‘K’ Line, has announced the delivery of Corona Zenith to Imabari Shipbuilding’s facility in Marugame.

Corona Zenith is an 88,000dwt-type special coal carrier, similar to the company’s specialised Corona Series fleet, which is used for the transportation of thermal coal.

The Corona Series fleet consists of coal carriers that are equipped with a wide beam and shallow draft, which are designed to enter the ports of domestic thermal power stations to unload cargo.

Corona Zenith features the latest energy-saving and ecological technology, such as a Weather Adapted Duct (WAD) that promotes propeller efficiency, as well as a ballast water management system that protects the marine ecosystem.

With the latest deployment, the Corona Series now consists of 22 carriers.

The company claimed that the Corona Series was favourably evaluated for providing a steady and reliable thermal coal transport service with maximum safety to customers.

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Corona Zenith has a length overall (LOA) of 229.98m, a 38m beam, depth of 19.9m, and a full draft of 13.904m.

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha is involved in marine, land and air transportation.

The company owns a fleet that includes dry cargo ships (bulk carriers), container ships, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, ‘Ro-Ro’ ships, tankers and container terminals.

In 2017, Hapag-Lloyd, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) and Yang Ming formed ‘THE Alliance’.

THE Alliance said that it would deploy a fleet of over 249 modern ships, connecting 76 ports throughout Asia, North Europe, the Mediterranean, North America, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and the Red Sea.

South Korean container liner shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) joined THE Alliance as a full member this month.