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Archives for October 2016

“K” Line receives top assessment of “A rank” by CDP, for their survey of “Counter-measures for Climate Change”

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has received “A rank” and has been selected in the “A list” in the CDP[1] survey for the counter-measures against the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) and to mitigate the risks of climate change by CDP. On October 25, the awards ceremony was held at their debriefing session which took place in Tokyo.

More than 5,500 companies have participated, and 193 companies around the world which occupies top 9% of all participants have been selected. 22 Japanese companies have been selected but “K” Line was the only Japanese shipping company selected for the “CDP Climate A list”.

“K” Line has set a long-term environment policy, “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050, which the main goal is to minimize environmental risks of our business.

Based on our above policy, “K” Line has been implementing fuel efficiency for our operating vessels, constructing eco-friendly vessels, expanding the aggregate of the GHG emission data by data collection system called “Eco-track”, and obtaining verification for the GHG emission data from an independent third party for higher reliability and transparency. These results have received credit for our counter-measures towards climate change, and the attitude of considering environmental issues as our management goals.


Capt. Eiji Kadono, the Senior Managing Executive Officer, Marine Sector, Technical and Environmental Affairs Unit

“It is our honor to receive such an outstanding result this year. We will continue our efforts to satisfy the expectations of our stakeholders and gain trust so that we can again be selected next year as well,” said Capt. Eiji Kadono, the Senior Managing Executive Officer in charge of Marine Sector, Technical and Environmental Affairs Unit.

“K” Line Group, as one of the top shipping companies, will continue searching for businesses where more people around the world can contribute to minimize the environmental risks and pursue higher efficiency in the shipping industry which leads to improving corporate value.

CDP[1]: Formerly “Carbon Disclosure Project”, is a non-profit organization that was established in London, representing 827 institutional investors with USD100 trillion in invested capital, sends out questionnaires regarding risks and opportunities of climate change, water and forests to major companies and cities. They collect the responses and disclose the scores of their strategies. This is considered as a global index for measuring corporate values and is also utilized as reference for investment.

SAL Heavy Lift signs long-term contract for Walney Offshore Wind Project

Second major contract for transport of transition pieces follows the success at Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm Project

Hamburg, 20 October 2016 – SAL Heavy Lift signs a major contract with Van Oord for a long term engagement at the Walney Offshore Wind Project. MV “Svenja” is chartered for 30 voyages for transportation of 87 monopiles from Rostock (D) to Belfast, 47 transition pieces from Aalborg (DK) and 40 from Teesside (UK) to Belfast (UK). In total an amount of 87 monopiles with diameter up to 8,40m and weight up to 970tons per monopile as well as 87 transition pieces will be transported. The transition pieces are measuring up to 30m with up to 7m diameter and are weighing up to 579tons. This is the second major contract, SAL signed for Offshore support in 2016. With its vessel MV “Trina” SAL has just finalized the Veja Mate Offshore Wind Farm project, transporting in total 68 transition pieces in eleven consecutive voyages from Aalborg to Eemshaven. 

With the award of the Walney contract, SAL directly benefits from its flawless performance at the Veja Mate Offshore Project. At this recently finished project SAL’s MV “Trina” was engaged from early summer 2016. In eleven consecutive voyages she transported not only 67 transition pieces with an individual weight of 365 tons, measuring 22m x 6m in diameter, but also 67 Air Tight Platforms and 67 Anode Cages. Pieter Poelsma, Manager Transport and Logistics, from OWF (Offshore Wind), stated: ”The commitment of SAL Heavy Lift GmbH to HSE, Quality, workmanship, and eagerness to complete the project correctly and within the allotted schedule is greatly appreciated. The project was a great success. For future projects we therefore recommend SAL Heavy Lift GmbH and their services.” The professional execution of SAL’s support at the Veja Mate Project convinced Van Oord to choose SAL as their preferred carrier for the long term engagement at the Walney Offshore Wind Project.

Holger Krenz, SAL’s Head of Project Management said: “The winning relationship with our client OWF ensured high efficiency during the project preparation phase and the later operations. As a consequence, the project could be finalized in time and within the quality requirements from OWF. We aim for the same within the Walney project”.

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 13 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 metres 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.

Evergreen Line Enhances Asia-Australia Network

October 19, 2016

In order to offer shippers a more comprehensive service on Asia-Australia trade, Evergreen Line is teaming up with OOCL, MOL, “K” Line and YML to offer a new joint North East Asia – Australia Express (NEAX).

This weekly service will utilise six ships of between 3,500 and 3,700 TEU capacity, one each provided by Evergreen, MOL, K-LINE, YML and the remaining two by OOCL. The first sailing is planned to depart from Yokohama on 23rd of October, with the following port rotation: Yokohama – Osaka – Pusan – Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Melbourne – Sydney – Brisbane, then returning to Yokohama.

The launch of this new loop will enable Evergreen to provide more service options for its customers in Asia – Australia trade by extending its network coverage to Japan, Korea and Northern China.

“K” Line Enhances Northern Vietnam RORO Services

October 14, 2016

KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. (“K” Line) is pleased to announce our latest enhancement of our Asia/Vietnam RORO services which have been established and continued since 2012. In order to accommodate increased demand for RORO transportation to Vietnam, we have enhanced the service quality for North Vietnam port with high-frequency, fixed day and direct calling from all Asian ports. We will keep offering a solid RORO service to Vietnam by utilizing our business expertise and know-how which we have acquired thorough our long experience since the service began.

Details of the service are as follows:-

Asia/Vietnam Line: Trunk Line Express Service

Port Rotation:
・Jakarta (Sun)– Singapore (Tue)- Port Kelang (Thu) – Laem Chabang (Sun)– Ho Chi Minh (Tue)– Haiphong (Sat)

*Singapore and Laem Chabang are the transshipment ports for the shipments from another loading port among above port rotation.

・Vessel Deployment:   4000RT Type Vessel “JASA BAKTI” and 1 additional Vessel

・Service Frequency:   2sailings/Month

・Commencement Date: October 16, 2016 ETA Laem Chabang

・Enhanced points:

1.Changed Northern Discharging port from Cai Lan to Haiphong

⇒Near : The port location being more than 60km closer to the capital city, Hanoi.

⇒Large: The total yard capacity will be ample to accept incoming CBU waves expected in the future.

⇒Sure : Since Haiphong port newly set up a dedicated RORO terminal (Tan Vu) for this new service

and our vessels will have priority berthing privileges , we believe we can bring safer and

more reliable services.

2.Additional frequency for Northern Vietnam (1sailing 2sailings)

This will fulfill higher requirements from our esteemed customers.

3.Direct connection through all Asian loading ports to Northern Vietnam

In order to offer variety of options for our valuable customers who would be considering next step in Asia, we trust the direct connection for all possible loading ports is the most effective solution.

Winner of FIATA’s Young Forwarder Award Announced

The 2016 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award was announced at the World Congress in Dublin this week. The winner was Shanon Gould from Australia

7th October, 2016

Together TT Club and FIATA celebrate the achievements of young freight forwarders working for logistics companies around the globe at the FIATA Annual Congress each year. This year the winner of the award representing the Asia-Pacific region was Shanon Gould from Australia.

Insurance provider to the international freight transport industry, TT Club is proud to have sponsored the award for the last eighteen years and continues to do so. TT Club’s Senior Loss Prevention Executive, Mike Yarwood was on hand to announce the winner and present the award. He emphasised the important achievements made by FIATA and its members to train the future freight forwarding and logistics professionals. Commenting on the outstanding quality of the work presented to the judges this year Yarwood said, “From a bewildering, yet highly professional array of entries the YIFFY Steering Committee selected a shortlist of four regional finalists. These four young professionals were then invited here to the FIATA World Congress to present their dissertations to the judges. Congratulations to all four finalists for their hard work and excellent presentations and especially, of course to our winner Shanon.”

In addition to Shanon the regional finalists were:

Lorraine Zhou, Zimbabwe – Africa/Middle East region

Evgeny Kapustin, Canada – Americas region

Kostiantyn Hapii, Ukraine – European region

The entries this year were, as ever of a high standard and drew from a wide range of dissertation topics. The work of the entrants demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills required to service it.

Among the diverse subjects covered by the dissertations prepared by this year’s entrants are the shipping of cotton bales; the challenges of transporting tyres and turbines and the solution to moving a 40’ tall fire breathing dinosaur robot across continents.

The TT Club sponsored award is presented in recognition of operational excellence in the logistics field and was established by FIATA with the support of TT Club to encourage the development of quality training in the industry and to reward young talent with additional valuable training opportunities and enhanced visibility. The TT Club has been a sponsor of the award since its inception and remains firmly committed to the importance of individual training and development within the global freight forwarding and logistics community, which is regarded by FIATA as a strategic important cooperation.

Speaking on behalf of TT Club, Yarwood said, “We are pleased to be continuing our sponsorship of this unique award, with the finals to be held at the FIATA Congress next October in Kuala Lumpur. Once again, we hope that the competition will prove to be successful in terms of attracting outstanding candidates from across the globe to improve even on the record entry of twenty-seven this year. Despite the high volume, the quality of the dissertations and presentations were of a consistently exceptional standard and it was clear that a lot of research, planning and hard work had gone into their preparation.”

The Advisory Body Vocational Training Chairperson, Mr Thomas Sim, said “I am delighted with the level shown and that this investment has been through the years the best way to to ensure that FIATA of the future professionals is well mounted in our today’s programmes.  The YIFFYA has an in-built gender balance nature which comes naturally as networking does in Dublin”



Notes to editors:

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services.  As a mutual insurer, TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators. TT Club is managed by 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
  • Building defects insurance


FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926. It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries. FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.

Evergreen Line Expands Adriatic-Israel Service

October 4, 2016

Evergreen Line is to partner with COSCO in operating a joint Adriatic – Israel (AIS) Service. The new initiative opens up the corridor between North Adriatic ports, Piraeus and Israel, and provide direct and speedy service to customers.

Two ships of around 1,000 TEU will be deployed on the new weekly service, one each operated by the joint service partners. The first sailing on the AIS Service will be from Koper on the 4th of October and port rotation is as follows:

Koper (Slovenia) – Ravenna (Italy) – Venice (Italy) – Piraeus (Greece) – Haifa (Israel) – Ashdod (Israel) – Koper (Slovenia)

With a 14-day rotation, this weekly service provides an efficient link for regional trade and offers more opportunities for customers in the growing area, focusing especially on the time sensitive reefer cargo.

In addition to strengthen Evergreen Line’s current Adriatic-Piraeus feeder coverage, the pair of regional services will also further expand Evergreen Line’s global service network by improving connectivity via its transhipment hub in Piraeus.