1. Home
  2. News Releases
  3. 2012
  4. NYK Coal Carrier Enters Port of Soma for First Time Since the Great East Japan Earthquake

NYK Coal Carrier Enters Port of Soma for First Time Since the Great East Japan Earthquake

February 13, 2012

(In front of a poster containing encouraging messages)
From left:
Manager of Community Relations Group. Administration Dept.
Ara Tatsuya from Soma Kyodo Power Company,
Captain Cesar Beley Martin of the vessel SHIRAKUMO

The 87,000 DWT NYK-operated bulk carrier, Shirakumo, arrived at the port of Soma’s wharf No. 5 in Fukushima prefecture on February 9. Shirakumo is the first coal carrier to berth at the wharf since the Great East Japan Earthquake.  

The ship was carrying 63,000 tons of coal from Newcastle, Australia, destined for the Shinchi thermal power station of Soma Kyodo Power Co. Ltd.* (headquarters: Soma, Fukushima prefecture; president: Kiyoshi Igarashi). Through the efforts of related parties, operations at the wharf could be resumed and more coal will be expected to make its way into the region, resulting in a dramatic recovery of coal shipments into the area.
A poster containing encouraging messages from many citizens of Newcastle, including coal-exporting-related parties, was also delivered to Soma Kyodo Power Co. Ltd. by the vessel. NYK hopes the wharf is actively utilized for reconstruction of the affected areas.

(SHIRAKUMO arrived at the port of Soma?s wharf No. 5)

NYK will continue its efforts to aid reconstruction of the affected area and help maintain a stable supply of energy resources. 

Vessel Particulars
Length Overall: 229.00 meters
Deadweight tonnage: 87,144 tons
Flag: Singapore
Built year: 2006
Loaded cargo: 63,000 tons of coal


*Soma Kyodo Power Co. Ltd.
A joint venture between Tohoku Electric Power Co. Inc. and Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc.
The news on this website is as of the date announced and may change without notice.