Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation, a subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, has launched the bulk carrier Queen Kobe for Japan’s San-E Maritime Corporation, at its Kobe shipyard.

The carrier will be delivered in October 2009 after outfitting at the quay of the shipyard, the company said.

The 189.9m-long vessel has a flush deck with forecastle and its five holds have been designed to transport grains, coals, ore and steel products.

Four 30t deck cranes have been installed to enable cargo loading and unloading.