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NYK Transports a Crane to Earthquake-Damaged Ofunato Port

September 27, 2012

Discharging operation of a harbor crane transported by INABA

The multipurpose heavy load carrier INABA owned by NYK-Hinode Line, Ltd., an NYK group company, called at the Port of Ofunato in Iwate Prefecture, Japan, on September 21 to unload a self-propelled harbor crane?that had been transported from the Port of Antwerp, Belgium. 

Loading/unloading facility, including self-propelled harbor cranes used at Ofunato container terminal, were flooded as the result of the tsunami caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Since then, loading/unloading operations have become impossible, and regular container services to the port have been suspended.
At the Port of Ofunato, the recommencement of the regular container services is planned to be in March 2013, after two years from the Quake. The harbor crane, has capacity of handling around 20 units of 20-feet container per hour, and is strongly expected by the Ofunato International Port Terminal Cooperative Union, the local port authority, and the local government. For the recommencement in March 2013, the local port authority and government will adjust and test the harbor crane transported by INABA.
The NYK Group strives to contribute continuously to the restoration and the invigoration of areas affected by the disaster.
 Vessel particulars
Length Overall:                 147.2 meters
Deadweight Tonnage:       20,145.61 tons
Registry:                           Panama
Year of Building:                2008
Cargo                                One self-propelled harbor crane
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