Japanmax Design Boosts Coastal Feeder Traffic


Source: courtesy of Imoto Lines

Assuming the mantle as Japan’s largest container ship in domestic trade, the 1,096TEU Kiso has entered service on the coastal route network maintained by Imoto Lines.

The 142m vessel was delivered by Kyokuyo Shipyard Corporation in May, as the first of three sister newbuilds initially destined for export. Kobe-based Imoto, attributed with a 60% share of Japan’s domestic feeder market, purchased the trio soon after the completion and handover of the Kiso (then named A Washiba) to the original Chinese contractual interests.

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