Japan’s 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 go on a 20-year charter to Japanese mill, Kobe Steel. No prices have been revealed for the newbuild, nor the charter deal.
In a release NYK said it was continuing efforts to strengthen its base of businesses that can generate stable profits by providing flexible and optimal energy transport options.
While other Japanese yards are still closing out their 2020 berths, it appears Oshima, a keenly sought after bulker builder, has now closed out its slots for 2020.