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Date: c 1969
Overall: 560 × 250 × 2100 mm
Medium: Wood, plastic, metal, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from NYK Line
Object Name: Ship model
Object No: 00054871

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    This model depicts HAKOZAKI MARU (1969-1982), the first full container ship on the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Japan-Australia line in 1969. The ship could carry 1,178 twenty-foot equivalent (TEU) containers, including 150 TEU refrigerated containers for perishable cargo such as Australian beef and cowhide.
    SignificanceThe model opens up a fascinating story of how the arrival of the first containerised vessels in Australia in 1969 created the opportunity to export vacuum-packed beef to Japan. Today Japan remains one of Australia's largest beef export markets, and this relationship is set to continue into the future with the signing of the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement in 2015.

    HistoryNYK Line is an international shipping company based in Japan and has had a long history in Australia stretching back to 1896.

    The era of container shipping began in 1968 and the first vessel to arrive on the Japan-Australia trade route was the HAKOZAKI MARU in 1969. To commemorate the event, two models of this first full container vessel to call Australia was made; one currently sits in the NYK Maritime Museum in Yokohama, Japan, and the other is in the NYK Sydney office in Bond Street.

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