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Archives for August 2016

“K” Line Establish “Nitto Baxi Private Limited” – Joint Venture for Cargo handling Service in India

KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. ( “K” Line ) has established its Cargo Handling Service Joint Venture “Nitto Baxi Private Limited” in India with our group company “Nitto Total Logistics Ltd.” and our business partner J.M. Baxi & Co.

“Nitto Baxi Private Limited” plans to start stevedoring and handling of vehicles carried by Car Carrier initially. The target is to extend similar services to other type of vessels as well.

“Nitto Baxi Private Limited” is expected to provide safer and more efficient cargo handling service by dint of the superior Japanese systems and controls, and the synergy of superior cargo handling skill of Nitto Total Logistics Ltd and the exceptionally rich and diverse track record of J.M. Baxi & Co in Indian Shipping Sector since 1916.

“K” Line Group positioning Logistics Business as a sector which contribute to stable earning in our Medium-Term Management Plan “     Value for our Next Century – Action for Future -”. We will move forward to develop logistics business in rapidly developing countries surrounding Asia.

<Corporate Outline>

1. Corporate Name Nitto Baxi Private Limited
2. Location Mumbai, INDIA
3. Representative Katsumi Teranishi
4. Capital 1,000,000 Indian Rupees
5. Established 18th  August, 2016
6. Share Ratio Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd     10.0%

Nitto Total Logistics Ltd.         40.0%

JM Baxi           & Co                   50.0%

* J.M Baxi & Co. :

Established: 1916

Business description: Agency Service/Owned Terminal Operation/Cargo Handling/Chartering & Broking/Marine Transportation, etc. involving all service, logistics and infrastructure in Indian maritime cluster.

“K” Line and J.M. Baxi & Co. have joint venture named “K” Line (India) Private Limited as agent of “K” Line which are serving not only Agency services but also logistics, such as customs clearance, inland transportation and warehousing. In addition, they are providing Marine related services, like “Ship Inspection & Audit” and “Cargo Operation Supervision” etc..

Location of Head Office: Dubash House, 15, J. N. Heredia Marg, Ballard Estate, Mumbai, INDIA

Chairman: Krishna B. Kotak



“K” Line Enhances Asia/India/Pakistan Services (PMX/PIX)

KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. (“K” Line) is pleased to announce the launch of new Asia/India/Pakistan services; PMX (SWACO-K1) and PIX (SWACO-K2) with enhanced port coverage. “K”Line continues to offer stable and value-added services with varied network.

Details of the service are as follows:-


  • Vessel Deployment:  Six (6) x 4200 TEU type vessel
  • Port Rotation:  Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Singapore – Port Kelang – Karachi – Mundra – Colombo – Singapore – Qingdao
  • Commencement Date: 28th AUG 2016 ETA Qingdao


  • Vessel Deployment:  Five (5) x 4200 TEU type vessel
  • Port Rotation:  Fuzhou – Hongkong – Nansha – Shekou – Singapore – Port Kelang – Colombo – Karachi – Mundra – Port kelang – Fuzhou
  • Commencement Date: 8th SEP 2016 ETA Fuzhou

Evergreen Strengthens Indian Subcontinent Network

August 25, 2016

In a move designed to significantly enhance its service on the China–Indian Subcontinent trade, Evergreen Line is teaming up with K Line, COSCO, Wan Hai and PIL to offer two new joint services from early September.  Both will provide direct calls at Karachi and Mundra and will improve current transit time.

The PMX (Pakistan Mundra Express) service will utilise six ships of 4,200 TEU and call at Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Singapore, Port Klang, Karachi, Mundra, Colombo and Singapore once more before returning to Qingdao. The first sailing on the Evergreen Line’s service is scheduled to depart from Qingdao on the 4th of September.

The PIX (Pakistan India Express) will employ five ships of 4,200 TEU.  This service is scheduled to commence with a sailing from Jiangyin (Fuzhou) on the 8th of September and call at Hong Kong, Nansha, Shekou, Singapore, Port Klang, Colombo, Karachi, Mundra, Port Klang and then back to Jiangyin.

In addition to providing efficient shipping service between China and Northwest India as well as Pakistan, the pair of regional services will also further expand Evergreen Line’s global service network by improving connectivity via its transhipment hubs in Singapore, Port Klang and Colombo.

“K” Line Receives Recognition for Vessel Speed Reduction Program from Both Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles

August 18, 2016

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) is honored to have received recognition from the port authorities of both Long Beach and Los Angeles, for recording high level of compliance throughout 2015 with voluntary speed reduction by“K” Line’s containerships, car carriers and dry bulk carriers in the two ports’ respective programs in order to prevent air pollution and warming by slowing ships within the designated water.

Ships participating in the program are asked to comply with speed limit of 12 knots within 40 miles (about 74 kilometers) from each port in order to reduce emissions of exhaust gases containing nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide (SOx), particulate matter (PM) as well as CO2 from ships. As a result of this year’s achievement, “K” Line has been honored to receive this award from the Port of Long Beach for eleven consecutive years since 2005 and from the Port of Long Beach for eight consecutive years since 2008 when their awards were commenced respectively. Especially, as to the Long Beach program, there were only two carriers including “K” Line which both recorded more than two hundred calls at the port and more than 90% compliance rate.



(“K” Line meets 99.31 compliance rate, totaling 286 compliant legs.)


(”K” Line meets 100% compliance rate, totaling 63 compliant legs.)

“K” Line Group continues its focus on contributing to environmental and biodiversity conservation through its active participation in environmental initiatives taken by port authorities around the world in order to fulfill our mission to hand down a sustainable society as well as this blue and beautiful ocean to the next generation under “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050.

Jochen Müller to Head up Dachser Air & Sea Logistics

Thomas Krüger appointed managing director of the EMEA business unit in Dachser Air & Sea Logistics


Jochen Mueller

Kempten, August 17, 2016. Experienced logistics manager Jochen Müller (52) will soon be joining the Dachser team. On January 1, 2018, he will take over from Thomas Reuter as Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the Air & Sea Logistics business field. The transition period, during which Müller will work on developing projects, will start on October 1 of this year. Thomas Reuter will remain on the Executive Board in his role as head of Air & Sea Logistics through the transition period until he retires on December 31, 2017.

Jochen Müller was born in 1964 in Worms, Germany. In 2011, he joined the Executive Board of Schenker Deutschland AG, where he was in charge of air freight and sales (Air/Sea) for Central Europe, as well as logistics for worldwide relocations, trade shows, and sporting events. Prior to that, Müller served as CEO of Schenker’s British country organization, where he was responsible for land, air, and sea freight as well as the trade show business.

“Jochen Müller is a top manager and logistics expert with extensive experience in air and sea freight, but he is familiar with the requirements and processes of overland transport as well,” says Bernhard Simon, CEO of Dachser. “As COO of Air & Sea Logistics and future member of the Executive Board, he will build on what Thomas Reuter has accomplished. This will include further expanding our intercontinental air and sea freight network and creating a closer link with our comprehensive European overland transport network. All of this will enable us to intelligently dovetail customer supply chains.”

Given Müller’s past experience and the strategically planned preparation period, the transition should go smoothly when he takes over from Thomas Reuter as Air & Sea Logistics COO. Reuter has worked at Dachser since 1978 and has been a member of the Executive Board since early 2006. He played a major role in the internationalization of the logistics supplier by building up a global network of air and sea freight locations. The Air & Sea Logistics business field currently has 196 locations and close to 4,000 employees, and posted roughly EUR 1.6 billion in sales in 2015.

Thomas Krüger appointed managing director of Air & Sea Logistics EMEA

As managing director of Air & Sea Logistics EMEA, a role he assumed on July 1, Thomas Krüger (52) reports directly to Thomas Reuter. Krüger has held a variety of management positions at Dachser Air & Sea Logistics. From 2004 to 2006, he was sales manager for Germany, after which he headed up global sales management until 2012. Most recently, he was responsible for the Northern Central Europe (NCE) region. He succeeded Rüdiger Klug, who joined Dachser in 2009 and retired on June 30, 2016.


TT Club warns of fraud issues faced by Customs Brokers

29 July 2016

Kate Hollis, Senior Claims Executive at TT Club in Sydney, discusses the risks faced by licenced customs brokers and mitigation steps to take:

“As the international trade regulatory landscape continues to change and the commercial environment becomes increasingly competitive, the balancing act for forwarders and customs brokers between providing services to clients and complying with obligations to customs becomes more complicated.

“Customs brokers assume responsibility for acting correctly between cargo interests and customs. As a result, there is the potential to provide advice to customers or carry out actions that result in the cargo interest suffering financial loss, for which you can be alleged to have been negligent. Closely related to the liability exposure of your customer is the potential for customs to levy fines or penalties through infringement notices.

“Identity fraud is perhaps a less obvious area of risk. In some cases authorities find that brokers have committed an offence where checks on the identity of clients have not been performed and that simple verification of the identity would have alerted the broker to the fraud. Consistent with previous advice, we recommend dealing with your clients directly (rather than through an intermediary) and always perform your own background checks, both in regard to the entity itself as well as the statements being made to customs.

“One recent incident saw rice wine being imported into Australia from Korea, but it was declared as apple cider vinegar. This directly resulted in extra costs for handling the container and for storage costs under the customs bond. Following the inspection, duty was charged at the rate for rice wine – not cider – which the freight forwarder pre-paid on behalf of the importer. It proved impossible to reclaim the duty and additional costs because it transpired that the consignee company no longer existed. There have also been cases of people fabricating an identity in an attempt to import goods without paying the full amount of duty. When the companies were not successful, they simply disappeared.

“Customs brokers also need to be aware of the risk of identity theft. While the variety of scams is broad, TT Club has identified three areas that require particular attention for Customs Brokers:

  1. Piggybacking – where an unscrupulous entity uses the identifying details of a legitimate entity on a Cargo Report or Import Declaration, generally with the aim of importing consignments containing illicit substances or smuggled goods.
  2. User access security – the nature of access to customs entry systems and digital certificates means that individual login details need to be carefully guarded to avoid misuse and illegal activity.
  3. Mandate fraud – where fraudulent diversion of payments occurs. It is primarily the responsibility of the party making a payment to ensure that the bank details are correct.

“Customs Brokers should be aware that their licence might be at risk in a situation where the authorities consider that the broker has intentionally or recklessly facilitated a fraud.  Such situations can also lead to fines being imposed on the Customs Broker as an individual, as well as actions against the forwarding business as a company.

“Mitigation of these risks is possible. In the first instance, it is important to review your own internal processes and systems. Recognise that the risk exposures are business critical and implement robust technology systems and standard operating procedures accordingly, particularly considering access rights and controls.

“Secondly, ensure that well drafted standard trading conditions are properly incorporated into your interactions with all clients. Many national trade associations provide ideal models You should seek legal advice to ensure that contracts are appropriate for your specific business. A third obvious mitigation is to purchase adequate and appropriate insurance. You should discuss this with your broker to ensure that your specific needs are properly covered.”


Notes to editors

TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self- employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services
  • Managing general agents

A ‘Lone’ at the Top of the Speed Charts: SAL Vessel Breaks a Record

MV Lone SAL Heavy Lift vessel, MV Lone has entered the record books by achieving a 20 day transit between Batum in Indonesia and the Firth of Forth in Scotland. The 12,500DWT specialised heavy-lift ship completed the 8,733 nautical mile voyage at an average speed of 19.3 knots on the 16th May.

Hamburg, 26 July 2016

For SAL Heavy Lift, the Hamburg-based ship owner and operator, crafting well engineered transport solutions for cargoes that are too heavy, out-of-gauge or of such awkward dimensions that conventional forms of shipping are impossible, is its usual speciality. But sometimes it’s out and out speed that gets the job done.

An average speed of 19.3 knots, 22.2 mph or 35.7 kph in land speed terms, sustained over such a long distance is a considerable achievement and for a specially equipped vessel like MV Lone, it’s a record. The vessel, built in 2011 at J J Sietas’ yard in Hamburg, is 12,500DWT has an LOA of 160 metres and a beam 28 metres*.

In the case of this voyage, the cargo, a Submerged Turret Production (STP) buoy weighing eleven hundred tons, had a tight delivery schedule of three weeks. It was destined for an off-shore location some miles from the East Coast of Scotland and was required on site so as not to delay the start of a drilling project.

SAL made available MV Lone, one of the largest vessels in its fleet of fourteen multi-purpose heavy-lift units, which are deployed on both regular semi-liner services around the world and have availability to service one-off projects. The in-house engineering team were engaged to design the logistical side of the operation but it was left to the MV Lone and her crew to plot a safe course and to attain the maximum speed across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal to North Europe via the Mediterranean.

Commenting on the record-breaking run, Matthias Meyer, SAL’s Project Manager said, “A journey of nearly nine thousand nautical miles is not quite halfway around the world but it is not far short. To maintain this sort of average speed through all weathers is an impressive feat of seamanship and we are proud of the officers and crew of Lone for making this possible.”

Although SAL’s fleet of vessels have unrivalled speed and carrying capacity that rank among the largest of their type, it is the company’s ability to meet the requirements of the most challenging and complex of cargo moves that maintains its long-standing reputation for reliability and on-time delivery.


Notes for Editors:

*Full particulars of MV Lone can be found here

About SAL Heavy Lift

SAL Heavy Lift, a member of the “K” Line Group, is one of the world’s leading carriers specialized in sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo. The company was founded in 1980 as “Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land GmbH & Co. KG” and belongs to “K” Line Group since 2011. The modern fleet of 14 heavy lift vessels offers highly flexible options to customers. The vessels of SAL Heavy Lift boast an impressive travel speed of 20 knots, up to 3500 square metros of unobstructed main deck space and combined crane capacities ranging from 550 to 2000 tons: amongst the world’s highest lifting capacity in the heavy lift sector. As a leading global company in the heavy lift and project cargo segment, the company meets the highest standards with regard to quality, technical innovation and health, safety and environment.

GEODIS opens new Oil & Gas Hub in Aberdeen, Scotland

18 July 2016 – Levallois-Perret

GEODIS is expanding its Industrial Projects activity and opens a new oil and gas warehouse at Aberdeen harbour, on the east coast of Scotland.

“This new facility enables us to provide an even better service to all our oil and gas customers due to its strategic location. The new GEODIS hub represents a vital link in our global oil & gas supply chain, given the relevance of this natural resources in the Northern European region“, commented Igor Muniz, Europe Industrial Projects Director.

GEODIS establishes a 1,850 sqm state-of-the-art facility with direct access to the Aberdeen port and within easy distance of Aberdeen airport. The hub will be managed by personnel with specific knowledge and skills in the oil & gas logistics sector, in order to primarily serve oil & gas operators and drilling companies. With the opening of the new warehouse GEODIS is now operating oil & gas hubs in Aberdeen, Antwerp, Dubai, Houston, Shanghai and Singapore.

GEODIS’ Industrial Projects Senior Vice President, Philippe Somers commented: “By investing in this new branch, we are strongly indicating our confidence in the North Sea market and the firm recovery of the industry in this region. It is another proof of GEODIS being a true growth partner for its clients.”

Out of Aberdeen, GEODIS will not only be serving the Northern European region but also oil & gas project activities in Eastern Europe as well as in North and Central Africa.



GEODIS is a Supply Chain Operator ranking among the top companies in its field in Europe and the World. GEODIS, which is part of SNCF Logistics, which in turn is a business line of the SNCF Group, is the number one Transport and Logistics operator in France and ranked number four in Europe. The international reach includes a direct presence in 67 countries and a global network spanning over 120 countries. With its five Lines of Business (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express and Road Transport), GEODIS manages its customers Supply Chain by providing end-to-end solutions enabled by over 39,500 employees, its infrastructure, its processes and systems. In 2015, GEODIS recorded €8 billion in revenue.