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Archives for January 2012

“K” Line Announce Financial Highlights for 3rd quarter of F2011

31st January 2012

On behalf of our client Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd, (“K” Line) we are pleased to send you notification of their Financial Highlights for 3rd quarter of F2011. 

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“K” Line announces Change of Executive Officers

31st January 2012

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has decided in a board meeting held today on changes of Executive Officers.

1.  Change of Executive Officers                       

(1) Retirement as of March 31, 2012

  Present Position Name Scheduled New Position
  Managing Executive Officer Mamoru Mori Will assume Managing Director of KLine (China) Ltd. and  Managing Director of “K” Line (Hong Kong) Limited.

Will assume Vice President of “K” LINE LOGISTICS, LTD. on July 1, 2012.

  Managing Executive Officer Shigeo Itaya Will assume Senior Managing Director of SEAGATE CORPORATION.
  Executive Officer Kenjiro Takenaga Will assume Executive Technical Adviser on June 26, 2012.


(2) New Appointment as of April 1, 2012

  New  Position Name Present Position
  Executive Officer Shunichi Arisaka General Manager, Technical Group
  Executive Officer Yasunari Sonobe General Manager, Corporate Planning Group


2. Promotion of Executive Officers as of April 1, 2012

  New  Position Name Present Position
  Senior Managing Executive Officer Masami Sasaki Managing Executive Officer
  Managing Executive Officer Kazutaka Imaizumi Executive Officer
  Managing Executive Officer Yoshiyuki Aoki Executive Officer


Please see the attached list of responsibilities of Executive Officers scheduled on and after April 1, 2012.

For further details, please contact:

Makoto Arai,

General Manager, IR & PR Group

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

Attachment: The responsibilities of Executive Officers on and after April 1, 2012

Title Name Responsibilities
President & CEO Jiro Asakura  
Vice President Executive Officer Takashi Saeki Assistant to CEO, Drybulk Sector, Energy Transportation Sector
Senior Managing Executive Officer Eizo Murakami Containerships Sector, Port Business, Car Carrier Sector, Information System
Senior Managing Executive Officer Keisuke Yoshida IR & PR, Finance Corporate Planning, Business Promotion, Logistics
Senior Managing Executive Officer Takashi Torizumi General Affairs, Legal, Human Resources, Accounting, CSR & Compliance, Internal Audit
Senior Managing Executive Officer Masami Sasaki Marine Sector, Technical, Environment
Managing Executive Officer Toshiyuki Suzuki IR & PR, Information System, Corporate Planning, Business Promotion, Logistics, Research
Managing Executive Officer Hiromichi Aoki Energy Transportation Sector
Managing Executive Officer Kazutaka Imaizumi CEO of ‘K’ LINE (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED
Managing Executive Officer Yoshiyuki Aoki Car Carrier Sector
Executive Officer Takashi Yamaguchi General Affairs, Legal, Human Resources, CSR & Compliance
Executive Officer Eiji Kadono Marine Sector
Executive Officer Atsuo Asano Coal and Iron Ore Carrier Business, Drybulk Planning
Executive Officer Mitsuru Kochi President of “K” Line (Japan) Ltd.
Executive Officer Yukio Toriyama Accounting, Finance
Executive Officer Kenji Sakamoto Bulk Carrier Business
Executive Officer Kazuhiko Harigai Thermal Coal, Woodchip and Pulp Carrier Business
Executive Officer Yukikazu Myochin Containerships Business, Port Business
Executive Officer Kazuhiro Matsukawa President of “K” LINE AMERICA, INC.
Executive Officer Shunichi Arisaka Technical, Environment. General Manager of Environment Management Division
Executive Officer Yasunari Sonobe Car Carrier Sector

Dachser Far East: new warehouse in Shanghai

Kempten/Shanghai, 30 January 2012. The internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, is expanding its contract logistics activities in China. A new warehouse in Shanghai with 10,000 square metres was recently put into operation.

Due to the growing demand for contract logistics services, the existing warehouse that opened in July 2007 had reached its capacity limits. The new facility is located close to the centre of Shanghai directly on the G2 Beijing-Shanghai expressway and the G 1501 Shanghai ring-road, giving speedy access to the Greater Shanghai administrative area with its 23 million inhabitants. Other cities of over a million inhabitants, including Suzhou and Wuxi, are just a one- or two-hour drive away.

The new warehouse provides space for up to 16,000 pallets in an area of 10,000 square metres.

“China is and will continue to be a key bridgehead for the expansion of our intercontinental network,” says Thomas Reuter, managing director of Dachser Air & Sea Logistics.

Established technology

The new warehouse is managed with the help of Dachser’s proprietary warehouse management system, Mikado. The operational and administrative warehouse management software has been long established in Europe and for the past five years has also been used very successfully in China. Additionally, the warehouse is equipped to a high standard with modern shelving systems that fully comply with all fire prevention requirements. Access controls, video surveillance and a round-the-clock security service ensure the necessary security on the 20,000-square-metre site. Covered and lowerable loading ramps permit safe and easy goods handling.

Dachser has been active in China for over thirty years and currently employs a staff of 650 at 15 locations in Greater China.

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.

Emmi relies on Dachser


Kempten, 20 January 2012. Switzerland’s largest milk processor, Emmi, and Dachser Food Logistics, a leading German provider of temperature-controlled food logistics services, have signed a warehousing and distribution logistics contract for the German market.

From 1 July, Dachser Food Logistics will handle logistics for dairy and fresh food products as well as Swiss cheese for Emmi. As part of the deal, Emmi Germany will occupy around 3,000 pallet spaces at the Allgäu logistics centre in Memmingen. Here, the products, over two thirds of which will come from Switzerland, will be consolidated with products from Germany, Italy or other countries, picked and delivered to customers in Germany and parts of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Furthermore, Dachser will provide a range of supplementary services for Emmi, such as display building, finishing, labelling, web-based order tracking and delivery of sample and trade fair consignments. The new business will generate around 30 new jobs in Memmingen this summer.

The highly modern distribution centre, built in 2008 in compliance with the latest hygiene and environmental standards, already provides storage capacity for the products of many food customers, including well-known names from the dairy processing industry, in a chilled area of 20,000 square metres. This portfolio will enable Emmi to benefit from synergies in the warehouse and in daily groupage distribution to German retailers. Emmi regards Dachser’s many years of experience in contract logistics with temperature-sensitive foodstuffs as an additional advantage. The Memmingen location is certified in accordance with the EU Organic Farming Regulation, IFS Logistics and DIN ISO 9001:2008.

“In Dachser’s logistics centre in Memmingen we have identified an optimal location for linking up with the Emmi group’s European network as well as for distributing goods to our discerning customers in Germany,” says Dr Elisabeth Wagner-Wehrborn, managing director of Emmi Germany, of the arrangement. “Dachser will provide us with all our logistics services from a single source, from collection of the goods directly from production through to delivery – including electronic proof of delivery. What’s more, Dachser is an innovative, sustainable company with high quality standards. It fits well with Emmi. We are confident that Dachser’s high service level will enable us to further expand our market presence in Germany.”

About Emmi:

Emmi is the largest Swiss milk processor, one of the most innovative premium dairies in Europe and the world’s leading specialist for Swiss cheese. The publicly traded company with headquarters in Lucerne employs a staff of around 4,000 at its locations in Europe and North America and in 2010 generated revenue of CHF 2.7 billion, just over a quarter of this amount outside Switzerland. Germany is one of Emmi’s key international markets. The company has expanded here in recent years and aims to reinforce its position in the German market in the future. Growth drivers are international brands such as Caffè Latte, Kaltbach or the Emmi umbrella brand. Emmi is also looking to boost growth by marketing specialities such as Onken yoghurts or Italian desserts.

About Dachser:

In 2010, the internationally operating logistics provider, 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. The Dachser Food Logistics business field generated revenue of EUR 500 million with a shipment volume of 5.4 million tonnes.


24 January, 2012

Exhibition floor space at Multimodal 2012, the only gathering for all sectors of the UK and Irish logistics industry and its customers, is fast approaching sell-out.

Clarion Events, the organisers of Multimodal 2012 feel the encouraging response from the logistics industry reflects the fact that the event has become an enduring highlight in the supply chain calendar.

The event, now in its fifth consecutive year and to be held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, from May 1-3, Multimodal 2012 promises the strongest showing yet and will host a wide spectrum of companies, including third party logistics providers (3PLs), ports, deep-sea and short-sea shipping lines, freight forwarders, international hauliers, rail service providers, terminal operators and equipment and technology suppliers. A host of industry leading companies have confirmed their presence again this year, including GB Railfreight, SDV, Associated British Ports, Dachser, Pall-Ex, Transfennica, DB Schenker, Forth Ports and DSV, to name but a few.

Moreover, a host of first-time exhibitors have recognised that Multimodal is the venue at which buyers review innovative logistics solutions and where they are encouraged to take those first steps towards doing business with new partners.

Among new exhibitor names this year can be counted global top ocean container carrier Maersk Line, which operates over 500 modern containerships. The liner shipping sector‘s presence is further strengthened with signing of Hapag Lloyd, operator of 135 ships on 80 line services.

A raft of forwarding and freight and logistics management companies are joining the line-up, from family-owned European road and world air and sea freight forwarder UFS, to the US1.6 billion turnover BDP International.  The company specialises in the vertical markets of chemicals, healthcare retail and consumer and has 4,000 customers worldwide with offices/partnerships in 120 countries.

Winner of IFW’s recent Heavy Lift/Project Forwarder Award, Allseas Global Logistics, is to take advantage of Multimodal as a platform for its project and out-of-gauge specialist services. Simmonds Transport, which has grown from beginnings as a small transport company to a provider of fully integrated and tailored logistics services, including IT, warehousing, distribution and supply chain consultancy, has also opted to join the Multimodal exhibitor ranks.

GB Railfreight’s sister company within the Eurotunnel Group, Europorte, is another new name for Multimodal 2012, as it speeds towards securing its position as the first licensed rail service developer throughout the EU. The rail freight sector will also see Colas Rail and VTG as new exhibitors this year.

Among providers of essential hardware to the logistics industry, Dennison, which has been designing and manufacturing tipper, skeletal, curtain-sided, platform, drawbar and many more trailer units for four decades, joins the exhibitor list.

“Today’s astute logistics operators are aware that in the current tough business climate they need to maximise their market profile, and Multimodal 2012 is the ideal forum in which to achieve that goal,” said Event Director Robert Jervis. “To be in this healthy position with bookings, with still more than three months to go, is extremely gratifying and stems from the fact that exhibitors have confidence in the knowledge that they really are interfacing with the people that make logistics services buying decisions,” he added.

Of more than 4,000 visitors to Multimodal in 2011, 88% were shippers or freight forwarders and 98% held a position at senior management level or higher.

As in previous years, Multimodal’s exhibition will be complemented by a series of thought-provoking seminars and discussion forums, designated meeting areas and business facilities will be provided and there is programme of related events and networking opportunities planned.


To register and find out more about Multimodal 2012 please visit

About Multimodal:

Taking place from 1st to 3rd May 2012 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Multimodal aims to attract a large group of exhibitors and visitors from across the whole spectrum of freight transport, logistics and supply chain service providers than it ever has before.

Multimodal 2012 is the only UK event that brings together all sectors of freight transport under a single roof.  The Seminars and Briefings which are an integral part of the event, have scheduled an enlightening and thought-provoking range of topics, tackled in an interactive fashion by panels of experts or as briefings presented by representatives from centres of excellence. Topics range from insight into the media, customs, container shipping trends, container swaps, security, reducing empty loads and ports’ role in adding value, to e-sourcing, collaborative logistics, supply chain optimisation, key performance indices (KPIs) and logistics data analytics.

For further information about Multimodal 2012, please contact:

Robert Jervis, Event Director,

Clarion Events Limited

Tel: +44 (0) 207 370 8373


“K” Line Maritime Academy (Philippines) ECDIS Training Course Certified by Class NK, Japan

In the Philippines, the Electronic Chart Display and Information System1 (hereinafter called ECDIS) training course of “K” Line Maritime Academy2 (Philippines) {hereinafter called KLMA(Phil)} has been certified by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, Japan (hereinafter called Class NK) as the first ECDIS training course satisfying the model course set by IMO3 in the seafarer’s maritime educational field. The certification proves that KLMA (Phil) provides the high-quality training fulfilling the global standard.

The ECDIS is one of the important navigational equipment which vessels are obliged to phase in from July 1, 2012. Captains and Deck Officers are required to be familiarized with the procedures for operating the ECDIS onboard through its training.

The attestation ceremony was held at Class NK Headquarters on January 23, 2012 with the attendance of Class NK Vice President Koichi Fujiwara and “K” Line Managing Executive Officer Captain Masami Sasaki.

Though “K” Line has been providing standardized training for all seafarers onboard our group vessels through KLMA, “K” Line will offer higher level of globally standardized training by incorporating objective assessments from this third-party accreditation organization, which contributes to strengthening safety and efficiency in navigation.

1 ECDIS – ECDIS stands for Electric Chart Display and Information System. This system displays the ship’s position, warning of dangerous areas on the navigational chart in order to support safe navigation.

2  “K” Line Maritime Academies (KLMA) – KLMA is the cluster of our seafarers’ training centres around the world that provides the career path program for “K” Line seafarers.

3 IMO – IMO – International Maritime Organization – is a United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

For further information please contact:

Gakuro Hosomi

Manager, Seafarers Policy Team, Marine Human Resources Group

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Tel: +81-3-3595-5654

“K” Line Group Manning Company Certified as Complying with the Standard of Maritime Labour Convention 2006 by Class NK, Japan

VENTIS MARITIME CORPORATION (head office: Manila, Philippines, hereinafter called VMC1), “K” Line’s group company, has been certified by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, Japan (hereinafter called Class NK) as a company that properly recruits seafarers and finds work complying with Regulation 1.4 of MLC 2006 (Maritime Labour Convention, 2006)2. This proves VMC’s Filipino seafarers working onboard “K” Line group fleet vessels are manned in accordance with the MLC regulation.

The attestation ceremony was held at Class NK Headquarters on January 23, 2012 with the attendance of Class NK Vice President Koichi Fujiwara, “K” Line Managing Executive Officer Captain Masami Sasaki and “K” Line Ship Management Co., Ltd.3 President Satoru Kuboshima. (He also holds the post of board member of VMC. 

From now on, our other manning companies will be incorporating objective assessments from this third-party accreditation organization as well, and seafarers who are trained by the certified manning companies will strive for further improvement in high-quality transportation by strengthening safety and efficiency in navigation.


The company was established as a joint venture company of “K” Line and RAYOMAR MANAGEMENT INC. in Philippines in 1989. The company steadily recruits and places Filipino seafarers on “K” Line fleet vessels.

Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC)

International rules adopted by International Labour Organization (ILO) setting out seafarers’ rights to decent conditions of work on a wide range of subjects such as employment, work and rest hours, accommodations, welfare, food, medical, etc.

“K” Line Ship Management Co., Ltd.

Ship management company of “K” Line Group (Head office: Tokyo, established in 1972). It manages CONTAINERSHIPS, OIL TANKERS, LNG CARIIERS and LPG CARIIERS.

For further information please contact:

Gakuro Hosomi

Manager, Seafarers Policy Team, Marine Human Resources Group

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Tel: +81-3-3595-5654

Dangerous Goods Competence for the Romanian Market

Dachser strengthens its European network with one of the most modern dangerous goods warehouses in the region

Kempten/Ploiesti, January 10, 2012. Dachser has opened a dangerous goods warehouse near Bucharest with an area of approximately 6,500 square metres and 11,500 pallet spaces. As currently the only warehouse in Romania, the facility, with an investment volume in excess of ten million euros, complies with the Seveso II Directive (96/82/EC).

“The facility in Ploiesti is a flagship project in the expansion of our European logistics network,” comments Michael Schilling, managing director European Network Management & Logistics Systems at Dachser. “With this commitment, Dachser is setting standards for the entire growth region.”

Dachser Romania has constructed the warehouse with the support of Liegl & Dachser. The Hungarian joint venture has operated a dangerous goods warehouse in compliance with the strict Seveso II Directive in Pilisvörösvár near Budapest since 2006.

Engelbert Liegl, managing director of Liegl & Dachser Hungary, explains: “In combination with the excellent connection to the Dachser Eurohub in Bratislava, we are able to offer international customers from the chemical industry efficient and safe contract logistics for the entire region”.

State-of-the-art technology
Dangerous goods in the VCI dangerous goods classes 2, 3, 4.1, 6.1, 8, 10–13 can be stored safely in Ploiesti. The facility is divided into six fire protection zones separated by fire protection walls and doors. Sprinklers with foam mixing system are installed at each storage level. The dangerous goods warehouse is also equipped with fire alarm systems and sensors for combustible and toxic volatile substances. The warehouse floor is waterproof and repels oil and chemicals.

Dachser stores twice as much extinguishing water in Ploiesti as is legally required. Tanks and lines to the warehouse can be heated when temperatures fall below zero. Two special 2,000-cubic-metre concrete retaining basins beneath the facility ensure that not a single drop of contaminated extinguishing water or liquids escaping as a result of accidents or damage can seep into the ground. The high shelves can withstand earthquakes up to a magnitude of 8 on the Richter scale. Additional stability is guaranteed by supplementary metal clips and twice the amount of steel as is usually used. These measures are unique in any racking system in Europe.

“The new warehouse underscores our dangerous goods competence. The safety measures are in line with the latest technological standards,” explains Steve Heidner, Central Dangerous Goods Management at Dachser.

About Dachser:
Dachser ( has been present with its own country organization at four locations in Romania since 2009: Bucharest, Arad, Brasov and now in Ploiesti. In 2010, the internationally operating logistics provider generated total revenue of EUR 3.8 billion worldwide. 19,250 staff working in 310 profit centres worldwide handled 46.2 million consignments weighing a total of 35.5 million tonnes.

For more information about Dachser’s dedicated services for the chemical industry visit

Background information: Expertise in Dangerous Goods Handling
Safety comes first. According to this motto, Dachser has implemented safety and quality standards for the storage and transport of dangerous goods above and beyond the legal requirements. Dachser’s dangerous goods regulations constitute a standardized, in-house guideline that defines transport prohibitions for certain dangerous goods, as well as risk evaluations, for all European branch offices. Locations are carefully inspected by Dachser’s central dangerous goods management team before being approved for the transport and storage of dangerous goods. At regional level, Dachser employs an additional 122 dangerous goods safety advisors, who share their expertise with over 6,000 participants a year within the context of in-house training courses. Furthermore, 14 Dachser locations in Europe have been successfully assessed by independent assessors on the basis of the CEFIC “Transport Service” questionnaire (SQAS).