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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) as held the naming and delivery ceremonies for a newbuild coastal dry bulker 'Kaiei Maru' at builder Murakami Hide Shipbuilding in Japan.

The 99.99m long, 3,800 dwt Kaiei Maru is a coastal dry bulker equipped with a self-unloader and will serve in routine transport of about 4,000m3 of mainly woody biomass fuels, which will be used for thermal plants, from relay terminals in Japan to the Kaita Power Plant. The ship is powered by a diesel engine.

The Kaiei Maru will be operated by MOL Coastal Shipping and serve Kaita Biomass Power. The Japanese name 'Kaiei' is a combination of the letter 'kai' derived from the city name Kaita-cho and the letter 'ei', which expresses wishes for prosperity. The vessel's name reflects its role in contributing to the future growth of the power plant and Kaita-cho.

The biomass cargo is a plant-derived woody fuel, which can help realise the goal of becoming 'carbon neutral'; in other words not increasing density of combusted CO2 in the atmosphere, based on the idea that CO2 is absorbed by trees in the atmosphere.

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