On October 26, Bao Fu, a new 250,000 DWT class ore carrier built by Namura Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. was delivered to NYK.
This is the first building of a 250,000 DWT class ore carrier, referred to as a WOZMAX* ore carrier, which is built to carry the maximum loading capacity allowed at ports in Western Australia, an area that has design limitations on the load draft of ships transporting ore. To respond to the recent increasing demand for ore transportation, NYK conducted field research in cooperation with Namura Shipbuilding to develop this new vessel size.
At the naming and delivery ceremony, Li Hui, general manager of raw materials purchasing center, logistics operation department at Baoshan Iron & Steel Co.,Ltd (Baosteel), and NYK corporate officer Kazuo Ogasawara joined a number of others in attendance to celebrate the maiden voyage of the vessel.
The vessel will be chartered exclusively to Baosteel over 20 years to transport 2.5 million tons of iron ore annually from Western Australia to China. This is the fifth of five contracts that NYK currently has with Baosteel.
NYK continues its efforts to provide stable transportation of natural resources.
Length Overall: 330 meters
Breadth: 57 meters
Designed Draft: 18 meters
Gross Tonnage: 132,537 tons
Deadweight Tonnage: 250,877 tons
Builder: Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
The name of a newly designed 250,000 DWT ore carrier built by Namura Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. The "W" stands for Western Australia, "OZ" is common slang for Australia, and "MAX" refers to the maximum size vessel for ore transport from Western Australia. Namura Shipbuilding hopes this newly designed vessel will receive a warm welcome at ports around the world.