Japanese shipping company ‘K’ Line has signed a contract with a Hitachi subsidiary to transport rail cars that are being manufactured at the latter’s Kasado plant.
These rail cars will be loaded onto new ‘K’ Line vessels from the port of Tokuyama-Kudamatsu, near Hitachi’s Kasado plant, and will be discharged at the nearest port on the east coast of United Kingdom to Newton Aycliffe, where Hitachi is constructing the train plant for these rail cars.
The rail cars will be shipped on ‘K’ Line’s 7500-unit ro-ro vessels, which are now being built by compatriot shipbuilders Shin Kurushima Dockyard and Japan Marine United.
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The 10 ships are to be ready from July onwards, and some of these vessels will be deployed into Japan-Europe trade.
“These new vessels will give us increased car-carrying capacity of 20%, as well as much more space for heavy cargo, including construction machinery,” ‘K’ Line said.
“With these newly-designed vessels, ‘K’ Line will continue to proactively increase the handling of railway infrastructure as exports of these cargo from Japan are expected to increase from now on.”