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MOL orders Oshima coal carriers

Japan’s largest shipping company by fleet size, Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has ordered two next-generation coal carriers from local yard, Oshima Shipbuilding.

The so-called EeneX series was designed in pursuit of the optimal coal carrier for electric power companies in Japan. The two vessels MOL ordered will operate under contracts with Electric Power Development ]and Hokuriku Electric Power Company, supplying coal from overseas to their power plants in Japan. The 89,900 dwt EeneX carrier is 235 m long and 38 m wide.

“MOL anticipates ongoing orders for EeneX vessels and expects them to play a leading role in the MOL Group’s coal carrier business,” the company stated in a release today.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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