Among those on hand for the event were Takeshi Tanimura, president of Kaita Biomass Power Co Ltd. The Kaiei Maru will be operated by MOL Group company MOL Coastal Shipping Ltd and serve Kaita Biomass Power. The Japanese name "Kaiei" is the combination of the letter "kai" derived from the city name Kaita-cho" and the letter "ei," which expresses wishes for prosperity. The vessel's name reflects its role in contributing to the future growth of the power plant and Kaita-cho.
The Kaiei Maru is a coastal dry bulker equipped with a self-unloader and will serve in routine transport of mainly woody biomass fuels, which will be used for thermal plants, from relay terminals in Japan to the Kaita Power Plant.
Draft: About 5.00m
Gross tonnage: 2,137 tons
Deadweight tonnage: About 3,800 tons
Cargo hold capacity: About 4,300 cuic meter
Main engine: Diesel internal combustion engine
Speed: 11.8 knots
Loading capacity: 1,000m3/h
Shipbuilder: Murakami Hide Shipbuilding Co Ltd
Ship operator: MOL Coastal Shipping Ltd