HISTORY (Project Cargo Department)
NYK Bulk &Projects Carriers Ltd., the only heavy-cargo shipping carrier in Japan, was originally established in 1912 as Hinode-Kisen. After developing our business as a heavy-cargo shipping carrier, we became a wholly-owned subsidiary of NYK Line in 2001 and assumed responsibility for its MPP business. In 2002, our company name was changed to NYK-Hinode Line, and in 2013 we merged with NYK Global Bulk Corp to become our current organization. Today, we operate all kinds of vessels including MPP vessels, bulk carriers and heavy cargo vessels. As a heavy-cargo transportation carrier with a history exceeding 100 years, we have inherited and honed our marine technical skills for over a century.
Established in 1912, Hinode Kisen Ltd. has built many heavy-lift ships, starting with Yawata Maru, which was delivered in 1935. Afterward, the company continued to build heavy-lift vessels and cemented its position as a carrier dedicated to heavy-cargo transportation, which was unique in the world at the time.
On November 25th, 1912, Hinode Kisen was established with four vessels and operating capital of 500,000 yen.
In 1922, we purchased “SU” series vessels, each featuring a derrick having a 20mt capacity.
In January 1935, Yawata Maru, which came equipped with an innovative “after-engine”(main engine located aft), long hatch and a 35mt heavy derrick, was delivered. A total of 10 such heavy lifters were delivered by 1941.
Many lives and vessels were lost in World War Ⅱ. From the 1950’s we began building heavy lifters again, one after another. During that time, we established a business infrastructure overseas as well as in Japan.
By the end of the war, we had lost 17 vessels. Only five vessels remained.
In September 1950, Hie Maru was delivered featuring Japan’s first 70mt derrick.
In July 1954, the 11,500 DWT Kasuga Maru was delivered featuring a 120mt derrick.
In 1960, Yamato Maru was delivered featuring two derricks, one having a capacity of 200mt and another with a capacity of 120mt.
In October 1963, the 8,961 DWT Nachi Maru was delivered featuring Japan’s first 250mt derrick.
In October 1975, the 19,542 DWT Katori Maru was delivered featuring the world’s first 350mt derrick that could pivot 360-degrees.
In October 1976, Kasuga Maru was delivered featuring a 450mt derrick.
To meet the needs of super heavy and tall cargo transportation, we built Gulf Bridge, the Japan’s first deck carrier(module cargo vessel). While the marine transportation industry was stuck in recession in the 1980’s, we continued to conduct safe-transportation and advance our skills.
In November 1978, Gulf Bridge, the Japan’s first deck carrier was delivered. The 7,093 DWT vessel had a deck space of 2,550m2 (width 25m, length 102m)
In September 1982, the deck carrier Sea Bridge was delivered. This 11,831 DWT vessel featured a deck space of 3,600m2 (width 30m, length 120m)
In 1983, Shunei Maru and Sumiyoshi Maru were delivered, the large 23,000 DWT heavy lifters having a derrick capacity of 200mt.
In March 1994, the 9,943 DWT Kibi was delivered featuring a crane capacity of 450mt.
In March 1998, Kamo, a sister vessel, was delivered.
After becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of NYK Line, we assumed responsibility for NYK’s MPP business and expanded the fleets. In 2010, Yamato and Yamatai, deck carriers each equipped with an air-lubrication system, were delivered.
In January 2001, the MPP division of Tokyo Senpaku Kaisha(TSK Line) was integrated into our company.
In February, we became a wholly-owned subsidiary of NYK Line. And in October, the Semi-Line Group and Asian Group of NYK Line were integrated into our company.
In July 2002, we changed our company name to NYK-Hinode Line.
In 2004 and 2005, the 20,000 DWT “I” series vessels were delivered, each featuring a crane capacity of 300mt.
In 2006, the 30,000 DWT “KU” series vessels were delivered, each featuring a crane capacity of 200mt.
In 2010, the deck carriers, Yamatai Yamato, were delivered.
In October 2013, we became NYK Bulk&Projects Carriers Ltd. after merging with NYK Global Bulk Corp. In August 2021, a heavy lifter featuring an 800mt capacity, will be delivered. As the only carrier in Japan operating heavy lifters, we will continue to advance our business.
In August 2021, Katori, the first heavy lifter featuring an 800mt capacity will be delivered.
In January 2022, Kifune, a second heavy lifter having an 800mt capacity, will be delivered.