K-Line Welcomes 'Galaxy River'By Joseph R. Fonseca
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (hereafter called "K" Line) announced delivery of "GALAXY RIVER", an 82,200 cbm-type LPG Carrier at Sakaide Shipyard of Kawasaki Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Japan on June 27, 2014.
GALAXY RIVER will be operated by "K" Line under a Consecutive Voyage Charter Contract with Japan Gas Energy Corporation. The main cargo that will be transported is LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) from the Middle East to be discharged in Japan and other Far East ports.
In addition, due to the recent Shale Revolution, there has been a lot of LPG exported from the United States and this is expected to increase. In this connection, GALAXY RIVER is fitted with the latest design that will enable her to pass through the Panama Canal after its expected expansion is completed.
Deadweight Tons: 54,081MT
Gross Tons: 46,885T
Cargo Tank Capacity: 82,391m3
Full Draft: 11.20M
Registry: Republic of Panama
Class: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK)
1. The vessel is designed to be fully compliant with the New Panamax requirements.
2. A ballast water management system ensures the ocean habitat is protected from unwanted environmental effects.
3. Four independent cargo tanks are installed in the cargo holds for carrying liquefied petroleum gas. The tanks are designed to provide optimal thermal insulation and absorb low-temperature contraction.
4. The cargo tanks are made with special cryogenic steel for loading LPG with a minimum temperature of -46 degrees celcius. The tanks are wrapped in urethane foam for thermal insulation.