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Archives for January 2013

“K” Line announce Change of Executive Officers

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, 2013

Present Position Name

Scheduled New Position

Executive Officer Takashi Yamaguchi Will assume President of “K” Line (Japan) Ltd.
Executive Officer Mitsuru Kochi

Will assume President of Nitto Total Logistics, Ltd. on June 2013 subject to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting.

(2) New Appointment as of April 1, 2013

New  Position


Present Position

Managing Executive Officer Tsuyoshi Yamauchi Managing Director of Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd.
Executive Officer Yutaka Nakagawa President of Kawasaki (Australia) Pty., Ltd.
Executive Officer Akira Misaki General Manager, LNG Group

2. Promotion of Executive Officers as of April 1, 2013

New  Position


Present Position

Senior Managing Executive Officer Kazutaka Imaizumi Managing Executive Officer
Managing Executive Officer Eiji Kadono Executive Officer
Managing Executive Officer Kazuhiko Harigai Executive Officer
Managing Executive Officer Shunichi Arisaka Executive Officer

Please see the attached list of responsibilities of Executive Officers scheduled on and after April 1, 2013.

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, 2013

Title Name Responsibilities
President & CEO Jiro Asakura
Vice President Executive Officer Takashi Saeki Assistant to CEO
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, Logistics, Business Promotion,
Senior Managing Executive Officer Takashi Torizumi General Affairs, Legal, Human Resources, Accounting, CSR & Compliance
Senior Managing Executive Officer Masami Sasaki Marine Sector, Technical, Environment, Fuel Cost Control
Senior Managing Executive Officer Kazutaka Imaizumi Drybulk Sector, India/ASEAN Multi-Transport & Logistics Development
Managing Executive Officer Toshiyuki Suzuki Legal, IR & PR, Corporate Planning, Research, Logistics, Business Promotion ,Information System
Managing Executive Officer Hiromichi Aoki Energy Transportation Sector
Managing Executive Officer Yoshiyuki Aoki Car Carrier Sector
Managing Executive Officer Eiji Kadono Marine Sector, Fuel Cost Control, Environment
Managing Executive Officer Kazuhiko Harigai Bulk Carrier Business, Thermal Coal, Woodchip and Pulp Carrier Business
Managing Executive Officer Shunichi Arisaka Technical, Environment, Fuel Cost Control
Managing Executive Officer Tsuyoshi Yamauchi General Affairs, Finance, CSR & Compliance
Executive Officer Atsuo Asano Coal and Iron Ore Carrier Business, Drybulk Planning
Executive Officer Yukio Toriyama Accounting, Finance, Internal Audit
Executive Officer Kenji Sakamoto CEO of “K” LINE (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED
Executive Officer Yukikazu Myochin Containerships Business, Port Business
Executive Officer Kazuhiro Matsukawa President of “K” LINE AMERICA, INC.
Executive Officer Yasunari Sonobe Car Carrier Sector
Executive Officer Yutaka Nakagawa Human Resources, Business Promotion
Executive Officer Akira Misaki Energy Transportation Sector. General Manager of LNG Group

“K” Line announce Financial Highlights for 3rd Quarter of F2012

On behalf of our client Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd, (“K” Line) we are pleased to send you notification of their Financial Highlights for the 3rd quarter of F2012.

  • Financial Highlights for 3rd quarter of F2012

  • Revised Forecast of Financial Results

These are also available to download from their website :

For further information, please contact:

Masahiro Murosaki

General Manager, Corporate Planning

Tel:  +81-3-3595-5594  Fax:  +81-3-3595-5175

Makoto Arai

General Manager, IR & PR Group

Tel:  +81-3-3595-5189  Fax: +81-3-3595-5001
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line)

Evergreen to Improve Connectivity in the Eastern Med

Evergreen Line will launch a new 10-day service linking Greece, Turkey and Malta at the end of January.  The new GTM service will provide regional shippers with additional connectivity between the countries and improve feeder links to/from Evergreen Line’s global service network via its hub in Piraeus.

GTM will be operated by the 600 TEU vessel Kirsten and the first sailing is scheduled from Piraeus on the 28th of January.

With a port rotation of Piraeus –Thessaloniki–Gebze –Marsaxlokk –Piraeus, the GTM service will, in particular enhance Evergreen Line’s global network connection to Thessaloniki and, with a direct call at Gebze (50 kms east of Istanbul) offer a convenient link for the neighboring Izmit industrial area.

“K” Line Enhances JABCO Services

KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. (“K” Line) is pleased to announce upgrade of its Intra-Asia Service (JABCO-1 and JABCO-2) with better transit times between Japan and Thailand.

With this enhancement, “K” Line can offer efficient, high-quality services in its Japan – Thailand coverage, maintaining direct coverage for China – Vietnam – Thailand – Philippines trade lane.

A total of 7 vessels will be deployed by “K” Line and SITC in two Intra-Asia Loops.

Details of the service are as follows:-

  • Vessel Deployment:
    Three (3) x 1700 TEU type vessels for JABCO-1 (“K” Line x 3 vessels)
    Four (4) x 1200 TEU type vessels for JABCO-2   (“K” Line x 1 vessel)
  • Port Rotation:

JABCO-1: Shimizu – Tokyo – Yokohama – Nagoya – Osaka – Kobe – Laem Chabang – Bangkok – Laem Chabang – Ho Chi Minh – Shimizu
JABCO-2: Tokyo – Yokohama – Hitachinaka – Shanghai – Ningbo – Ho Chi Minh – Bangkok – Laem Chabang – Manila – Shanghai – Tokyo

  • Service Frequency:


  • Commencement Date:

ETA Shimizu 26th Feb 2013 for JABCO-1

ETA Tokyo Middle of Mar 2013 for JABCO-2

Dachser reinforces air and sea freight business in the Netherlands

Kempten, 23 January 2013. On 1 January the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, acquired 100 percent of the shares in the joint venture Dachser Netherlands Air & Sea Logistics B.V. established in 2008.

Dachser Netherlands Air & Sea Logistics B.V. has handled shipments in the international air and sea freight forwarding segment at its three locations in Maastricht, Rotterdam und Amsterdam since 2008. The company was founded as a joint venture together with the Dutch partner Seacon Logistics and has posted steady growth rates since its inception. With effect from 1 January 2013, Dachser Air & Sea Logistics now holds 100 percent of the shares in Dachser Netherlands Air & Sea Logistics.

“We will continue to accelerate growth in the Benelux countries in future and further expand our air and sea freight business in the region,” says managing director Thomas Reuter. “In Dachser Netherlands Air & Sea Logistics B.V. our customers have a strong services provider with a proven track record and direct access to our full-coverage European overland network,” Reuter adds.

About Dachser:

In 2011, the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser (, generated total revenue of EUR 4.3 billion. 21,000 staff working in 315 profit centres worldwide handled 49.3 million consignments weighing a total of 37.1 million tonnes.

Dachser acquires Transunion

Dachser is expanding its Air & Sea Logistics business field with 15 additional locations in five countries

Kempten/Valencia, 17.01.2013. Effective retroactively from the beginning of the year, the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, has acquired the Spanish air and sea freight forwarder Transunion S. A. subject to approval by the antitrust authorities. The company employs a staff of 235. In addition to nine offices in Spain the company is also represented in Turkey, Argentina, Peru and Mexico.

Dachser is continuing to expand its global logistics network in line with its Global 2.0 strategic growth programme. “The acquisition of the complementary Transunion network allows us to offer our customers even better access to the Latin American market as well as an excellent presence in mainland Spain and Turkey,” Dachser managing director Thomas Reuter, responsible for the Air & Sea Logistics business field explains the acquisition. Founded in 1978, Transunion (TU) is expected to post revenue of EUR 95 million in fiscal 2012.

“We are delighted that the shareholder families of TU have decided to shape the future of the company as an integral part of Dachser,” Reuter says.

For his team and himself, CEO Federico Camáñez, who has in particular decisively influenced the international development of Transunion over the past 20 years, sees the merger with

Thomas Reuter, Managing Director Air & Sea Logistics, Dachser

Dachser as both a challenge and an opportunity for customers and staff. He will continue to be responsible for the management of the entire group and will report directly to Thomas Reuter.

Dachser now considers itself well-positioned in the Spanish market following the buyout of Azkar for the overland freight segment announced just last month. The two transactions enable the company to cover nearly all areas of logistics on the Iberian Peninsula.

”Dachser and Transunion are not only well matched by virtue of their services portfolio in the air and sea freight segment. The fact that both companies are family enterprises also means that they have a very similar mindset,” Reuter says, explaining the rationale behind the merger. Both management and staff will continue to service their customers’ respective markets as competent experts.

The two companies have already cooperated for over 15 years. For the owners of Transunion the most important consideration is to secure the company’s continued existence and the future of its staff within an internationally expanding logistics provider like Dachser.

Overview of Transunion locations and countries:

Spain: head office in Valencia, where the whole TU group is domiciled. Two offices in Valencia, one in Barcelona, Alicante, Murcia, Sevilla, Vigo, Madrid and Bilbao.

Turkey: head office in Izmir, branch offices in Istanbul and Mersin

Peru: Lima

Argentina: Buenos Aires

Mexico: Mexico City

About Dachser:

In 2011, the internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser (, generated total revenue of EUR 4.3 billion. 21,000 staff working in 315 profit centres worldwide handled 49.3 million consignments weighing a total of 37.1 million tonnes.

About Transunion:

Transunion S. A. generated total revenue of approx. EUR 95 million in 2012 with a staff of 235 employees.

Menlo Worldwide Logistics Facility Earns Green Business Certification

Focused on Sustainability, California Facility Exceeds Standards for Waste Reduction, Conservation Methods and Pollution Prevention

SAN FRANCISCO and LIVERMORE, Calif. — Jan. 16, 2013 — Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced that its Livermore, Calif., facility recently earned the Green Business Certification from the California Green Business Program.

Certification requires a facility to meet program-defined performance levels in the areas of waste reduction, energy conservation, water conservation and pollution prevention. Operations must also be in compliance with local and state regulations regarding air quality, hazardous material management, clean water systems and sewer discharge. Facilities are assessed by program auditors who complete several site visits as well as interviews with facility management.

“Our program seeks to educate and assist local organizations in reducing their carbon footprint and increasing sustainability. We work with companies to determine best practices for decreasing environmental impact and to adopt plans for continuous improvement,” said Pamela Evans, coordinator at the California Green Business Program. “Menlo’s commitment to sustainability is highly commendable and their Livermore facility is a true achievement in efficiency and environmental awareness.”

Sustainability is a primary focus of Menlo Worldwide Logistics, evidenced not only by this certification, but also by the company’s carbon management program, CarbonNetTM. The program combines developed software with expertise in Lean tools and continuous improvement processes to accurately benchmark and measure the carbon footprint of its operations and subsequently capture reduction opportunities.

“Green business practices and Lean principles are a natural couple and together provide the greatest efficiency results,” said Robert L. Bianco Jr., president, Menlo Worldwide Logistics. “We are proud of the Livermore facility for taking additional steps toward sustainability and conservation. This certification is well-deserved and we look forward to other facilities pursuing similar achievements.”

The Livermore facility supports customer supply chain operations with a variety of logistics services including warehousing, inventory control and management, order picking and shipping and transportation management. Operating under the Lean principles of continuous improvement and reduction of waste, the facility comprises 190,000 square feet of warehouse space and employs 150 people.

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About Menlo Worldwide Logistics
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.7 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 Francisco-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 17 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 $5.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at

ModusLink Names John J. Boucher as new President and CEO

Brings deep supply chain management experience and strong leadership and operations expertise

WALTHAM, Mass., – January 14, 2013 ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) today announced that John J. Boucher, 53, will become its President and Chief Executive Officer.  Boucher, who brings more than 30 years of supply chain management experience to his new role, is expected to join the Company on January 28, 2013.

“After a thorough search, we are confident that we have selected the right individual to assume the leadership role at ModusLink,” said Francis J. Jules, chairman of the board of directors.  “John has extensive experience in all facets of supply chain management especially in operations.  He also has deep knowledge of our core technology end-markets, and the proven ability to drive revenue growth and improvement in profitability.  The Board looks forward to working with John to improve financial results and increase shareholder value.”

“I am pleased to join ModusLink, one of the market’s leading outsourced supply chain and logistics providers”, said Mr. Boucher.  “ModusLink has an exceptional client base and has earned an outstanding reputation for client service.  I look forward to working with the Board and employees to build on the Company’s many strengths, enhance operations, improve financial results and drive value for shareholders.”

Boucher joins ModusLink from Symbotic LLC, a global provider of integrated supply network automation solutions for warehouses and distribution centers, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer & Chief Operating Officer.  Prior to this role from 2004 to 2010, Boucher served in executive and leadership positions at Celestica Inc., a major provider of supply chain services to companies in the communications, consumer, computing, and industrial, aerospace and defense, healthcare, green technology, and semiconductor capital equipment globally.  While at Celestica, he held the positions of Executive Vice President of Global Services, Sales & Supply Chain Solutions; Executive Vice President, Supply Chain & Chief Procurement Officer; and President & Senior Vice President, Americas Operations where he had direct accountability for approximately $3 billion of revenue.  Boucher was a member of the founding team at Manufacturers Services Limited prior to its acquisition by Celestica in 2004, and held senior management positions such as Group Vice President of Electronics Manufacturing Services Business Unit and Corporate Vice President, Global Supply Chain Management.  Boucher began his career, and worked for more than 17 years, with Digital Equipment Corporation where he held a number of senior management positions, including managing supply chain strategies for the Company’s personal computer division.  Boucher currently serves on the Consumer & Electronics Advisory Board of Nypro, a leading global solutions provider in the field of manufactured precision plastic products.

About ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.

ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) executes comprehensive supply chain and logistics services that improve clients’ revenue, cost, sustainability and customer experience objectives. ModusLink is a trusted and integrated provider to the world’s leading companies in consumer electronics, communications, computing, medical devices, software, luxury goods and retail. The Company’s operating infrastructure annually supports more than $80 billion of its clients’ revenue and manages approximately 470 million product shipments through more than 30 sites in 15 countries across North America, Europe, and the Asia/Pacific region. For details on ModusLink’s flexible and scalable solutions visit and, the blog for supply chain professionals.

ModusLink Public Relations
Teresa Osborne, 781-663-5153

ModusLink Investor Relations
Robert Joyce, 781-663-5120

Naming Ceremony Held in Korea for Ever Leader Evergreen’s Eighth New 8,452-TEU Ship Christened

January 3, 2013 :  Ever Leader, the eighth L-type containership of Evergreen Line, was christened by Bronson Hsieh, the Evergreen Group’s Second Vice Group Chairman, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard today. The ceremonial rope cutting for the new 8,452-TEU vessel was performed by Mrs. Sook-Je Lee in a ceremony attended by dignitaries from Taiwan and abroad.

Ever Leader is owned by Evergreen Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd. and scheduled to be delivered on January 15, 2013. The L-class containership is 334 meters in length, 45.8 meters wide, with 942 reefer plugs and a draft of 14.2 meters. The vessel is fitted with alternative marine power, ballast water treatment system, electronic-controlled fuel-injection engine that supports slow steaming and many more eco-friendly designs.

For fleet rejuvenation, Evergreen Group commenced a new shipbuilding project in 2010 and ordered 20 L-type vessels from Samsung Heavy Industries. In 2011, Evergreen placed an

Bronson Hsieh, Second Vice Group Chairman of Evergreen Group (third left), Sook-Je Lee, sponsor for the new ship's rope cutting (central) and the crew of Ever Leader

order for another 10 vessels of the same specifications with Taiwan Shipbuilding Corp.  Seven of the thirty newbuildings have been delivered in 2012 with eleven more scheduled to be delivered by the end of this year.

Evergreen Group is committed to environmental excellence. With its forward-looking planning, the latest marine technologies are adopted not only for quality transportation service but also for sustainable development of the marine ecology.


Eric Martin-Neuville appointed new COO of Geodis Wilson

Paris,  3 January 2013

Geodis Wilson is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Martin-Neuville as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Freight Board Member of Geodis Wilson with immediate effect.

Eric-Martin Neuville, COO, Geodis Wilson

Eric will be taking over responsibility from Fernando Gea who is retiring from his position as COO of Geodis Wilson. Eric Martin-Neuville joined the Geodis Group in 1985, and as well as holding the position of Managing Director, Geodis Wilson France, for many years, Eric has spent a considerable time working for the Group in Asia-Pacific. Prior to taking up the post of Deputy COO in July 2011, Eric worked as a consultant for the global NextGen implementation of Geodis Wilson. NextGen is Geodis Wilson’s new Transportation Management System, worth an investment of 20 million Euro.

”Combining the NextGen implementation with a continuous enhancement of our logistics services will enable us to meet our global growth objectives’’, states Eric Martin-Neuville. “Taking this position at a time when operational excellence is a key component of Geodis Wilson’s strategic plan is thrilling.”


About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group

Geodis Wilson is a leading global freight management company. With 7,400 employees in more than 50 countries the company delivers tailor-made, integrated logistics solutions to customers enabling them to operate as ‘best in class.’ Geodis Wilson is the freight forwarding arm of Geodis Group which became part of the French rail and freight group SNCF in 2008. With its 46.000 employees in 120 countries ‘SNCF GEODIS’ ranks among the top 7 companies in its field in the world.

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For further information, please contact:

Press Contacts:

Michael Zuchold

Communications Director

Geodis Wilson                        

Tel.: + 49 174 909 8788