J a p a n ' s NKK Building Two 6 0 , 0 0 0 - D W T Tankers For Chief Shipping Co.

The Tsu Shipyard of Japan's NKK (Nippon Kokan) is building two 60,000-dwt tankers for the Chief Shipping Company, with delivery scheduled for the fall of 1980. Chief Shipping Company is a joint venture of Anders Jahre of Norway and Coral Navigation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company.

Masato Hiraki, NKK New York general manager, said the two vessels will feature a high level of safety measures in compliance with the latest international rules, such as the I M C O - M A R P O LE PROTOCOL of 1978.

Each cargo tank will be provided with a submerged pump for highly efficient cargo handling.

The tankers will have extensive remote control systems for operation of the engine room, cargo handling, mooring winches and cargo oil tank level monitoring.

The high level of automation will enable the ships to be operated and the cargo handled by a minimal crew.

Main particulars of the two tankers will be: length overall, 228.6 meters (about 750 feet) ; breadth molded, 32.2 meters (106 feet) ; designed load draft (molded), 12.19 meters (40 feet) ; main engine, Sulzer 6RND76M, 14,400 hp at 112 rpm; and designed speed, approximately 15.1 knots.

NKK (Nippon Kokan) is Japan's second largest steelmaker and only integrated steelmaker/ engineer-constructor/shipbuilder.

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