September, 2002    

Malacca-max Oil Tanker Delivered

NKK has recently delivered a 300,000-DWT Malacca-max oil tanker to Aquamarine Ship-holding Maritime S.A., a Panamanian subsidiary of NYK Line. Built at NKK's Tsu Works, the Tateyama is the first in the Malacca-max VLCC (very large crude carrier) class that NKK has developed in response to owners' requirements for maximum operational efficiency.

The tanker is 333 meters long, 60 meters wide and 29.6 meters deep with a 20.84-m draft, realizing the maximum permissible dimension to sail through the Strait of Malacca. The ship incorporates the latest energy-saving technologies and designs, including a sharp-edged Ax-Bow that greatly reduces wave resistance under rough sea conditions.

Operating under the Panama flag, the tanker is now in regular service for Nippon Oil Corporation, Japan's largest oil distributor.

NKK has pioneered customer-oriented ship development while realizing significant production cost reductions. In addition to Malacca-max tankers, NKK also builds smaller Suezmax and Aframax tankers under its MX-series strategy of standardized ship types.


NKK-built Malacca-max oil tanker "Tateyama"

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