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Durban Highway – pure car carrier
A regular feature of traffic in the Fraser River is that of car carriers. One such caller last week was Durban Highway which is chartered to K-Line, one of the largest operators of vessels in this sector with over 300 vessels.
Built in 2011 by Shin Kurashima Toyohashi Shipbuilding, Toyohashi, Japan
Owned and managed by Taiyo Nippon Kisen, Kobe, Japan
GRT 58,997 tons
In 1968 K-Line commissioned the company’s first conventionally built vehicle carrier Toyota Maru No. 1 with a capacity of 1,250 vehicles followed by a series of similar vessels until Toyota Maru No. 10, Japan's first pure car carrier (PCC) appeared in 1970, along with the European Highway, the world's largest PCC at the time with 4,200-vehicle capacity.
Toyota Maru No.1
Back in my China days 1991-94, we handled quite a bit of ro-ro traffic at Gearbulk’s Tianjin terminal including on this occasion K Line’s 1985 built Hume Highway –Stephen.
Consistent with the company’s focus on evolving innovation, earlier this year K” Line launched the company’s “DRIVE GREEN PROJECT” designed to achieve environmental protection and energy savings with advanced technologies to be integrated on a series of eight 7,500unit car carriers on order with Japan Marine United Corporation. The investment is intended to reduce CO2 emissions 25% or more compared to a conventional design. Its NOx reduction method, the world's first NOx generation suppression device to be installed on a main engine, reduces both CO2 and NOx emissions by a combination of an exhaust gas recirculation system and water emulsion. In addition, energy-saving LED lighting will be adopted throughout almost all of the ship, and the energy power of LED lights in car decks will be supplied by a solar power generation system of Solar Frontier K.K.
Founded in 1919, "K" Line (named after three K initials) was formed when Kojiro Matsukata placed Kawasaki Kisen, Kawasaki Zosen and Kokusai Kisen under joint management to build a fleet of 40 to 50 ships serving the Atlantic, North and South America, Africa, the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas.