Tokyo - Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corp. delivered the Reimei, an 80 000-cu.m carrier for LPG (liquid petroleum gas), to Sherwood Overseas SA on 21 Dec. The urethane insulated vessel - Kawasaki hull No. 1586 - is the 42nd LPG carrier built by Kawasaki Shipbuilding and the third of the same model, said a 25 Dec statement from the shipbuilder.
A special feature of the 226-m long vessel is Kawasaki's SEA-Arrow (Sharp Entrance Angle bow as an Arrow) designed to minimise bow wave resistance and significantly boost propulsive performance, said Kawasaki.
The Reimei has four independent cargo tanks in the cargo hold compartments, which are able to absorb temperature contractions for the storage of low-temperature liquefied gas. Kawasaki said these urethane-foam-insulated tanks are made of special steel with low-temperature resistance characteristics that can hold LPG at temperatures as low as -46°C.