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Archives for September 2011

Menlo Worldwide Logistics Approved as Responsible Care® Partner by the American Chemistry Council

Achievement of Rigorous, World-Class Performance Standards Demonstrates Commitment to Responsible and Sustainable Management of Chemicals

SAN MATEO, Calif. — Sept. 27, 2011 — Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced its Chemical Group has been approved as a Responsible Care® Partner by the American Chemistry Council. With this designation, Menlo’s Chemical Group joins leading companies who elect to adhere to recognized industry standards, promoting the safe storage, handling and transport of chemicals.

As a Responsible Care Partner company, Menlo is committed to protecting the environment and continuous improvement of chemical transportation and logistics with respect to health, safety and security of all stakeholders — employees, contractors, customers and the communities in which Menlo and its carriers operate.

“Responsible Care Partner designation is a significant measure of commitment to the safe handling and management of chemicals in our environment,” said Tom Balzer, Sr. Vice President, Supply Chain Center – NAFTA for Bayer MaterialScience LLC. Menlo provides transportation services to Bayer. “We are pleased to see Menlo step up and adopt this important industry initiative,” Balzer said. “It is supportive of Bayer’s overall risk management philosophy and the high standards of business conduct we expect to help ensure the safety of our employees, customers, service providers and the environment in which we live and work.

“As a Responsible Care Partner, Menlo is closely aligned with both our company’s and the industry’s unique safety and security requirements,” said Lawrence Cresci, Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Operations, The Dow Chemical Company. “From the employees and contractors handling our products to the service providers who store and transport them on our behalf, we gain the peace of mind that we’re working with a provider who adheres to high standards of safe performance and continuous improvement. We’re pleased that Menlo has achieved this designation and has shown true commitment to its goals and ideals.”

The Responsible Care Management System® (RCMS) provides a rigorous and structured framework for assessing a company’s needs, setting specific goals and sharing progress and activities with the public. Under the initiative, Menlo is required to meet the guiding principles of the program, gain executive-level support and report its progress toward meeting performance measurement goals, including the submission of annual data that is made publicly available. In addition, Menlo must receive an independent, third-party audit to verify that a management system is in place and functions according to the requirements of the ACC standards.

The RCMS utilizes the plan-do-check-act continuous improvement cycle that raises the standard for industry-wide performance, while allowing flexibility to meet the specific needs of individual companies and facilities. As part of the company’s commitment to the Responsible Care Program, it must implement a system of internal and third-party certification audits to show continued compliance with the tenets of Responsible Care.  

“The ACC program strongly aligns with Menlo’s Lean philosophies and the plan-do-check-act cycle that has become engrained into all aspects of our business,” said Robert L. Bianco Jr., president, Menlo Worldwide Logistics. “Not only will this certification highlight our commitment to safety and best practices within the chemical industry, but it will also provide us with clearly defined deliverables that are designed to drive real and measurable continuous improvement. Committing to these standards is complementary to our business and helps us achieve the operational excellence our customers require to be successful.”

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About Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.4 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 16 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.0 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at

“K” Line (India) Private Limited to commence management of Bulk Carrier operations in India Trade

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo (hereinafter “K” LINE) is pleased to announce that ‘K’ LINE (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED (hereinafter ‘K’ LINE INDIA) will commence management of bulk carrier operations (post fixture) from India.

Currently, five CVCs (Panamax and Post Panamax) and one COA contract (Panamax) have been serving JSW Group’s coal requirements. All operational work of these bulk carriers which was earlier handled by “K” LINE in Tokyo will now be handled by ‘K’ LINE INDIA’s staff effective October 1st, 2011. 

“K” LINE has concluded both CVC and COA contracts with JSW Group, the total now being fourteen. The vessels have been undertaking all marine transportation of Australian, Indonesian and South African coal bound to JSW Group’s facilities in India.

Management of these bulk carrier operations (post fixture) from India will greatly assist customers in India. It also shows “K” LINE`s determination to extend customer-oriented services that provide prompt support and quick access for its esteemed customers.

For further information, please contact:

Kazutaka Imaizumi

Executive officer, India Representative and


Tel: +91-22-24993-802           Fax: +91-22-24993-899

Takashi Kodera

Manager of Drybulk Planning Division,

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line)

Tel: +81-3-3595-5414   Fax: +81-3-3595-5370

“K” Line Head Office Moving Notice

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line), Head Office, will move from its present location with operations in the new office to start from Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

1. New Address: Iino Building, 1-1, Uchisaiwaicho 2-Chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8540, Japan 

2.Phone number: +81-3-3595-5000 (main switchboard).  All phone numbers remain unchanged 

3. Fax number: +81-3-3595-5001 (main switchboard).  Some direct fax numbers will change.

4. Operation starting day: October 11, 2011

5. Access

  • Kasumigaseki Station Exit C3 (1-minute walk)  Tokyo Metro Marunouchi, Hibiya and Chiyoda Lines
  • Toranomon Station Exit 1 or 10 (3-minute walk)  Tokyo Metro Ginza Line
  • Uchisaiwaicho Station Exit A6 (direct access via Hibiya City)  Toei Subway Mita Line
  • Shimbashi Station (10-minute walk)  JR Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, Tokaido and Yokosuka Lines ; Toei Subway Asakusa Line ; Yurikamome Line

For further information, please contact:

Kiyokazu Arai

General Manager, CSR & Compliance Division

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. Tokyo

TEL: 81-3-3595-5152 FAX: 81-3-3595-6076

“K” LINE continues to be included in FTSE4Good Global Index and has become a member of Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) continues to be a member company of the FTSE4Good Global Index, the leading SRI (*1) index calculated by FTSE Group (*2).

This index is reviewed twice a year and ”K” Line has been a consecutive member since 2003.

And also “K” Line has become a member company of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) (*3) as Asia Pacific Index.

Global companies satisfying international standards for corporate environmental and social responsibility are selected as a members company of these Index.

“K” Line will continue to endeavor to meet its social responsibilities.

 *1 SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) describes an investment strategy which takes account of social, ethical and environmental factors as well as financial performance.

 *2 FTSE Group is an independent company jointly owned by The Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange and a world-leader in the creation, management and other related business of indices for investors.

 *3 DJSI is an SRI index that SAM of the Switzerland and investment advisory company Dow Jones of the U.S. offers together.

“K” Line Donates Reefer Containers to Quake-stricken Areas in Tohoku, Japan

September 14, 2011

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has donated five 20-foot reefer containers to Ofunato City in Iwate, Japan, which suffered devastating damage from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, as part of its on-going support activities for disaster-stricken areas.

The five reefer containers, which were delivered to four fish processing facilities in the city on September 12, are serving as temporary refrigerated warehouses for fishery products.

According to a general manager of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department of Ofunato City Office, “Refrigerated warehousing is absolutely essential for the fishing industry. The refrigerated containers we have received from “K” Line are expected to help spur a recovery of the fishing industry in the region.”

“K” Line continues to proactively take part in various relief activities in the quake and tsunami stricken areas by using its resources as a shipping company. 

Reefer containers arrived at Ofunato City

For further information, please contact:

Ryoichi Ikeda

Manager, CSR & Compliance Division, General Affairs Group

Tel: +81-3-3595-5092   Fax: +81-3-3595-5175

Toshiaki Takasaki

Manager, Information & Public Relations Team, IR & PR Group

Tel: +81-3-3595-5189  Fax: +81-3-3595-5001

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line)