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Archives for December 2011

“CKYH-the Green Alliance” expands the cooperation with Evergreen on Asia-Europe/Mediterranean trades

CKYH-the Green Alliance hereby announces that, together with Evergreen Line (hereinafter called “Evergreen”), all parties intend to enhance highest frequency of service loops, expedition of delivery terms and full scale of port coverage in their services and agreed to strengthen cooperation among one another in Asia-Europe and Asia-Mediterranean trade lanes from the second quarter of 2012.

Although Evergreen will not be joining CKYH-the Green Alliance, the carrier will coordinate with each other to provide more intensive sailings to the level of eight service loops from Asian ports to Northern European base ports, and four service loops from Asian ports to Mediterranean ports every week. The majority of the fleet operated in these total twelve loops will be ranging from 8,000TEU to 13,000TEU sizes.

Through this cooperation, CKYH-the Green Alliance, together with Evergreen will be able to provide the highest quality services to their customers with shortest transit time from major origin ports to European destinations.

More details are to be further released.


For further information, please contact:

Fumiyoshi Sato

Manager, Planning Team, Containerships Strategy Group

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Tel: +81-3-3595-5341 Fax: +81-3-3595-5288

Dachser creates 1,700 new jobs worldwide in 2011

Kempten, Dec. 16 2011. The internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, has created 1,700 new jobs in the course of this year, bringing the company’s total number of employees to just under 21,000.

Bernhard Simon, head of the Dachser management board, points out that the increase in jobs is spread across skilled specialists and executives, as well as a number of operational positions. Simon says: “While everyone is talking these days about the shortage of skilled specialists and executives, we are finding it increasingly difficult to fill vacant operational positions.” Simon anticipates that this could become a problem in future.

Dachser is well known in the industry for offering systematic initial and advanced training, also in the lower collectively agreed wage brackets. In logistics there is also a shortage of truck drivers. The company intends to significantly intensify its driver training and recruiting initiatives in the coming year.

For 2012, Dachser is planning to create new jobs despite the weakening economic environment. Simon says: “The mission to recruit and retain qualified people is part of our long-term strategic orientation – even when the going gets tough.”

“K” Line Ships Relief Supplies to Flooded Regions in Thailand Free of Charge No.2

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) offers its most sincere sympathy to all those affected by the flood disaster in Thailand. To contribute to flood relief and disaster recovery efforts, “K” Line is shipping containers of relief supplies free of charge from Japan to regions of Thailand that have been afflicted by devastating floods.

On December 21, “K” Line shipped nine 40-foot containers loaded with water, medical supplies, work gloves, towels, masks and other supplies from the Port of Tokyo to support relief operations in flooded regions of Thailand. The supplies were contributed by Miyagi Prefecture in appreciation for support received from Thailand following the Great East Japan Earthquake earlier this year. They are scheduled to arrive at Laem Chabang Port in Thailand on January 1 for distribution to the disaster areas.

“K” Line will continue to undertake active support operations in the afflicted regions through its marine transport and other services.

Dachser expands service for the life sciences industry

Logistics provider receives accreditation as Qualified Envirotainer Provider

Kempten, 15 December 2011. Dachser has been accredited by the Swedish firm Envirotainer to handle air freight transportation of pharmaceutical products in compliance with Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines. The logistics provider is thus expanding its services for the life sciences industry in the field of active temperature-controlled air freight products.

Pharmaceutical products increasingly have to be transported over very long distances. To ensure they preserve their shelf life and efficacy, they must be maintained at precisely defined temperatures; this calls for good solutions. “We, our customers and the authorities place the highest demands on the transport of these sensitive goods,” explains Thomas Reuter, managing director of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics. This is why Dachser works with Envirotainer. The Swedish firm is market leader in the field of active temperature-controlled air freight containers and has now accredited the logistics provider as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP). The accreditation initially applies to Dachser’s Frankfurt, Munich, Münster-Osnabrück and Stuttgart facilities. The logistics provider intends to expand its partnership with Envirotainer on a global level.

Envirotainer produces and leases active temperature-controlled air freight containers and is world leader in secure cold chain logistics solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. The company offers its QEP programme exclusively to service providers that are capable of properly managing shipments using the Envirotainer container.

In addition to active refrigerated transport of air and sea freight, Dachser offers passive temperature control solutions using validated insulated packaging. Whether active or passive cooling, a temperature record is kept during the entire transport process and automatically made available to the customer.

In 2010, Dachser generated total revenue of EUR 3.8 billion. 19,250 staff working in 310 profit centres worldwide handled 46.2 million consignments weighing a total of 35.5 million tonnes.

“K” Line Adds North China-Vietnam Container Service

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd (“K” Line) is pleased to announce a newly-added weekly service from North China to Ho Chi Minh City as a slot operator. This service will be called Jaseco-V.

“K” Line aims to expand the service coverage to/from China to Vietnam with this direct service.

Details of the service are as follows:

Port rotation:

Xingang – Dalian – Qingdao – Lianyungang – Hong Kong – Shekou – Ho Chi Minh – Hong Kong – Xingang

Service frequency:


Starting vessel:

Barents Strait XK151S, ETA Xingang    December 10, 2011

For further information, please contact:

Fumiyoshi Sato

Manager, Planning Team, Containerships Strategy Group

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Tel: +81-3-3595-5341 Fax: +81-3-3595-5288