South Korean shipping group, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), and NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers (NBP) of Japan are to collaborate in establishing new breakbulk services between the Far East and Middle East.
HMM, a multipurpose shipping carrier specialising in services to the Middle East, and NBP, a global heavy-lift and project cargo operator based in Tokyo, say that mutual business cooperation will harness their respective strengths and expertise in the carriage of breakbulk and project cargo between Japan, Korea and the Middle East and lead to the development of further opportunities in future.
NBP operates a fleet of about 40 crane-equipped multipurpose (MPP) vessels, including the two newly built heavy-lift vessels Katori and Kifune, each of which is equipped with an 800 tonnes crane and a long single hatch. These can transport a wide range of cargo types, including onshore and offshore wind-power components, and high and heavy project cargo.
HMM is the leading heavy-lift shipping company in South Korea, from where the company operates a number of large multi-purpose vessels, each equipped with a 640 tonnes crane.