NYK Coal Carrier Resumes Direct Shipments to Earthquake-Damaged Area

November 20, 2012

On November 19, a 90,000 DWT NYK-operated bulk carrier “Haramachimaru” filled with coal arrived at a dedicated port for a thermal power station operated by Tohoku Electric Power Co. Inc. (headquarters: Sendai, Miyagi prefecture; president: Wataru Kaiwa). This was the first arrival of a coal carrier at the berth since the Great East Japan Earthquake last year.

The berth is located in the town of Haramachi, and wharf operations restarted as the power station became operational again. A total of 89,000 tons of coal from Newcastle, Australia, was unloaded from the vessel, Haramachimaru. The area’s recovery efforts are expected to greatly benefit from the resumption of the power station and these coal shipments.

NYK will continue its efforts to aid reconstruction of the affected area and help maintain a stable supply of energy resources.

Vessel Particulars
Length Overall: 239.80 meters
Deadweight tonnage: 89,993 tons
Flag: Minamisoma City
Built year: 1997
Loaded cargo: 89,000 tons of coal

About NYK
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha is one of the world's leading transportation companies. At the end of March 2012, the NYK Group was operating 838 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes, trains, and trucks. The company's shipping fleet includes 129 containerships (including semi-containerships) and 19 heavy-load carriers / conventional ships, 354 bulk carriers, 56 wood-chip carriers, 121 car carriers, 85 tankers, 28 LNG carriers, three cruise ships, and 43 other ships. NYK's revenue in fiscal 2011 was about $23 billion, and as a group NYK employs about 55,000 people worldwide. NYK is based in Tokyo and has regional headquarters in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo.

NYK Line, press release