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August 05, 2008

MOL Launches 320,000 dwt Iron Ore Carrier Tubarao Maru

TOKYO - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Akimitsu Ashida) today announced the launch of one of the world’s largest iron ore carriers, the 320,000 dwt Tubarao Maru. The naming and delivery ceremony was held today at the Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) Chiba Works. The new vessel will sail under a long-term transport contract with Nippon Steel Corporation.

The Tubarao Maru is similar to the world's largest iron ore carrier, the Brasil Maru, which was launched in December 2007. It is the second generation ship to bear the name; the original Tubarao Maru was launched in 1966.

Guests at the ceremony included Nippon Steel President Shoji Muneoka and MES President Yasuhiko Katoh. President Muneoka's wife Yoko cut the rope and President Muneoka named the ship.

After the naming and rope-cutting ceremonies, the Tubarao Maru will go into service to transport Brazilian iron ore to Japan.

MOL became the first Japanese shipping company to operate a 300,000 dwt class very large iron ore carrier(VLOC) with the launch of the Brasil Maru in December 2007. Five of these VLOCs will sail under the MOL operating by August 2009.

Outline of Tubarao Maru

Length:
340m
Width:
60m
Draft:
21.13m
Deadweight tonnage:
327,127 tons
Shipbuilder:
Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

Outline of Contract

Contract:
Contract of Affreightment(C.O.A.)
Cargo:
Iron ore in bulk
Loading:
Main iron ore ports in Brazil (Tubarao, Bonta De Madila)
Unloading:
Nippon Steel Corporation major mills (Oita, Kimitsu, etc.)
Annual transport volume:
About 1.4 million tons

Reference
[First generation Tubarao Maru]
Ore carrier and tanker, delivered on July 15, 1966, 55,605 dwt
Japan's first ore and oil combined carrier. It transported crude oil from the Persian Gulf to Brazil on outward voyages, and carried iron ore from Brazil to Japan on inward voyages.

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