Kobe Steel is fixing its future coal shipping needs. It has just signed a long term charter with compatriot Japanese owner Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) for a 100,000 dwt coal carrier. The ship, which will deliver at the end of 2020 from Imabari Shipbuilding, will come equipped with scrubbers.
Earlier this week, Splash reported that Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) has gone to compatriot yard Oshima Shipbuilding for a Tier III coal carrier, which will be delivered in the fist quarter of 2021. The 98,500 dwt ship will also go on a 20-year charter to Kobe Steel.