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Archives for July 2017

“K” Line Change of Executive Officers

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has decided on changes of Executive Officers.

  1. Changes of Executive Officers.

(1) Retirement scheduled for September 30, 2017

Present Position
After Retirement (scheduled for October 1, 2017)
Managing Executive Officer Nobuo Ishida Ocean Network Express (North America) Inc.(Tentative Name)


(2) Promotion of Executive Officers as of October 1, 2017

New Position
Present Position
Managing Executive Officer Daisuke Arai Executive Officer


President & CEO Eizo Murakami
Senior Managing Executive Officer Toshiyuki Suzuki Responsible for Containerships, Car Carriers, Port Business, Logistics, Affiliated Business Promotion Unit
Senior Managing Executive Officer Hiromichi Aoki Responsible for Dry and Liquid Bulk Carriers Unit
Senior Managing Executive Officer Tsuyoshi Yamauchi Responsible for General Affairs, Legal, Corporate Legal Risk & Compliance, Human Resources, Corporate Planning, Research, Project Office for Containerships and Terminal Business Unit, Assistance to Internal Audit, CCO(Chief Compliance Officer)
Senior Managing Executive Officer Eiji Kadono Responsible for Marine Sector, Advanced Technology, Ship Technical and Environmental Affairs Unit
Senior Managing Executive Officer Harusato Nihei Responsible for Finance, Accounting, IR&PR Unit,

CFO(Chief Financial Officer)

Managing Executive Officer Kazuhiko Harigai In charge of LNG, Thermal Coal, Liquefied Gas New Business Division
Managing Executive Officer Atsuo Asano In charge of Drybulk Business
Managing Executive Officer Yukio Toriyama In charge of Accounting, Finance, IR&PR
Managing Executive Officer Kenji Sakamoto In charge of Car Carrier Business
Managing Executive Officer Yasunari Sonobe President of “K” LINE AMERICA, INC.
Managing Executive Officer Yutaka Nakagawa Managing Director of K LINE (THAILAND) LTD.
Managing Executive Officer Akira Misaki Managing Director of “K” LINE (EUROPE) LIMITED
Managing Executive Officer Kunihiko Arai Managing Director of K LINE (CHINA) LTD., Managing Director of “K” LINE (HONG KONG) LIMITED
Managing Executive Officer Yukikazu Myochin In charge of Human Resources, Corporate Planning, Research, Project Office for Containerships and Terminal Business

Assistance to Containerships Business, Port Business,

Logistics, Affiliated Business Promotion

Managing Executive Officer Shuzo Kawano Responsible for Information System Unit, CIO(Chief Information Officer), CEO of “K” Line Business Systems, Ltd.
Managing Executive Officer Daisuke Arai In charge of Containerships Business, Port Business,

Logistics, Affiliated Business Promotion

Executive Officer Makoto Arai In charge of Legal, Corporate Legal Risk & Compliance
Executive Officer Kiyotaka Aya In charge of Marine Sector
Executive Officer Shingo Kogure In charge of General Affairs, CSR
Executive Officer Toyohisa Nakano In charge of Ship Technical and Environmental Affairs, General Manager of Ship Technical Group
Executive Officer Nobuyuki Yokoyama Assistance to Car Carrier Business
Executive Officer Tomoyuki Okawa In charge of Tankers, General Manager of Energy & Off-Shore Business Planning Group

“K” Line Announce Financial Highlights for 1st quarter FY2017

July 31, 2017

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

Please be advised that “K” Line Tokyo Head Office published the following press release today.

・Financial Highlights for 1st quarter FY2017 –  Click here

・Forecast for the Interim and Year-end Dividends for the Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2018 – Click here

This information can also be accessed via the website:


Premium Car Manufacturer trusts GEODIS to manage in Korea one of its largest Distribution Centers in the World

In April 2017, BMW Korea opened a new Regional Parts Distribution Center for BMW, MINI and motorcycle spare parts in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province, 70 kilometers south of Seoul. GEODIS was entrusted with the logistics of this over 50,000 sqm site, one of BMW’s biggest Regional Distribution Center in the world.

On this new site, GEODIS annually manages over one million order lines and handles up auto parts deliveries across South Korea. The Group deals with thousands automotive parts stored, more than twice the volume compared to the previous facility.

According to Mark Ellis, Automotive Market Line Director for GEODIS: “We were chosen for our automotive and warehousing expertise and our flexible logistics solutions. The facility aims to satisfy the Korea’s BMW vehicle owners with timely auto parts delivery across the country.”

The new distribution center is within two hours’ drive from Incheon International Airport (airfreight inbound). The seafreight arrives at Busan port. Furthermore, it is also close to highways, which is expected to shorten the auto parts delivery time. The center is made up of several buildings, including a main warehouse and two warehouses for inflammables and explosives.



GEODIS is a Supply Chain Operator ranking among the top companies in the field in Europe and the World. GEODIS, owned by SNCF Logistics, which in turn is a business line of the SNCF Group, is ranked as the number four logistics provider in Europe and number seven at a worldwide level. GEODIS is also listed as a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant of Worldwide 3PLs. GEODIS’ 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 2016, GEODIS recorded €8 billion in sales.



New Dachser site in Austria

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From left to right: Günter Hirschbeck, Managing Director, Dachser Austria European Logistics, Dr. Jürgen Bodenseer, President of Tyrol Economic Chamber; Michael Huber, Mayor of Stans und Günther Platter, Governor of Tyrol

Stans/Kempten, July 27, 2017. Logistics provider Dachser is investing some 6.5 million euros in a new 20,000-square-meter facility in Stans in Tyrol, Austria. Dachser Austria has now held the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for the new terminal, which is scheduled to begin operations in late 2017 and will create 40 new jobs.

Dachser’s new logistics center in Tyrol will provide customers with comprehensive transport and warehousing logistics, replacing its site in Hall. The facility will have 30 gates and a storage and logistics area covering approximately 4,700 square meters. Another section of the building offers space for additional loading stations and parking spaces.

With both Günther Platter, governor of Tyrol, and Michel Huber, mayor of Stans, in attendance, Dachser’s managing director European logistics Dachser Austria Günter Hirschbeck and his Tyrolean team performed the symbolic breaking of the ground at the Tyrol logistics center. “Over the next few months, a modern facility will be erected at this site, which will form an important part of the logistics network in western Austria and beyond,” Hirschbeck said in his opening speech. “With this new site, we are supporting the region and are adding 40 new jobs to the existing 45,” he said.

Starting in late 2017, Dachser’s Stans-based facility will offer its customers everything from a single source: customized contract logistics services and a direct connection to the seamless European transport network and worldwide air and sea freight services by Dachser Air & Sea Logistics.

With ten locations in Austria, Dachser has a strong branch network with which to offer its customers ideal market proximity. The Tyrolean terminal will deliver precision-timed shipments to 362 locations throughout Europe. Daily shipments to eastern Europe and the Balkans will go through the Eurohub in Bratislava, Slovakia.


About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, is one of the leading logistics providers.

Dachser provides comprehensive transport logistics, warehousing, and customized services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter is divided into two business lines, Dachser European Logistics and Dachser Food Logistics. Comprehensive contract logistics services and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless shipping network—both in Europe and overseas—and fully integrated IT systems provide for intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Dachser employs some 27,450 people at 409 locations worldwide, and is represented by country organizations in 43 countries. In 2016, the company generated revenue of 5.71 billion euros and handled a total of 80 million shipments weighing 38.2 million metric tons.

For more information about Dachser, please visit

Harren & Partner to acquire SAL Heavy Lift

Bremen-based shipping company Harren & Partner and “K” Line, Tokyo, have reached an agreement for Harren & Partner to acquire German carrier SAL Heavy Lift on 27 July 2017. SAL will become the new dominant player in the super heavy lift segment (900 t to 2,000 t crane capacity).

SAL Heavy Lift, founded in 1980 in the “Altes Land” area near Hamburg, is one of the world’s leading carriers spe-cialised in the sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo. Its offshore subsidiary, SAL Offshore, develops and sup-plies installation solutions for the oil & gas and renewables sectors. Part of the “K” Line Group since 2011, SAL has access to a highly flexible fleet of 15 heavy lift vessels and a worldwide network with offices and agencies in 25 countries.

“I am very proud and pleased that we have reached the agreement with “K” Line. This is another milestone in Harren & Partner’s history. SAL is an eminently respectable company with experienced employees and long-term customer relationships which stands for innovation, quality and technical expertise,” says Dr. Martin Harren, Man-aging Director of Harren & Partner. “We believe that this acquisition will ensure that both SAL and Harren & Part-ner are very well-positioned for the future. In becoming the new dominant player in the super heavy lift market, we believe this will add strength to SAL and bring with it some much needed pricing discipline.”

Toshio Yamazaki, CEO of SAL, is looking forward to the new owner and comments on the deal: “We are glad to join Harren & Partner. It’s a family-owned company that wants to expand its activities in the heavy lift segment. By join-ing forces, both Harren & Partner and SAL will strengthen their product suites. Customers will benefit from more choices and better solutions.”

With SAL and Combi Lift, two heavy lift companies now belong to Harren & Partner. “We are aiming for a light-touch integration with Harren & Partner. SAL, with its excellent reputation, will continue to provide its well-known services,” emphasises Peter Harren, Founder and Managing Director of Harren & Partner. SAL Heavy Lift will still operate as a separate brand with its headquarters in Hamburg. “There won’t be any changes for SAL’s clients. Also, the fleet of 15 heavy lift vessels will remain with SAL.”

Together, Harren & Partner and SAL have a fleet of 26 heavy lift vessels: from multipurpose vessels (300 t crane capacity) and dock ships, to offshore construction vessels with DP2 and a combined crane capacity of up to 2,000 t.

SAL will also manage the CL 900/Type 116 vessels as well as Combi Dock I and III in the future. This will greatly en-hance the company’s scope of action: From now on, modern world class vessels with Flo/Flo and Ro/Ro capability for the premium project segment will be part of the fleet. Furthermore SAL will have the largest super heavy lift fleet in the industry (twelve +900 t vessels). Justin Archard, Corporate Commercial Director of SAL, says: “This ex-tends our scope of action to develop customised solutions that meet the toughest individual demands. This new format will help us develop even higher standards in maritime transport logistics and project engineering. The new SAL – more of everything.”

Combi Lift will update its market approach in line with the SAL acquisition. Heiko Felderhoff, CEO of Combi Lift, ex-plains: “We at Combi Lift are also very glad that the acquisition was made possible. Combi Lift will increasingly fo-cus on demanding logistics challenges beyond the day-to-day business – just like the Gazprom Amur GPP Project in Russia – as well as special offshore, decommissioning and salvage projects. SAL and Combi Lift will complement each other in their abilities and share their know-how and expertise.”



About Harren & Partner: The Bremen-based shipping group was founded in 1989 by Capt. Peter Harren, and employs around 330 people ashore as well as around 2,300 regular crew members on board of vessels. Harren & Partner delivers the full range of services related to the entire life cycle of a ship – from the conceptual designs of new constructions and the extensive technical and nautical management of the fleet, to the sale and purchase of ships. Our core activity involves managing our own fleet as well as external tonnage: Harren Shipping Services GmbH & Co. KG ensures the flawless operations of our fleet of 70 vessels, comprising tankers, container feeders, heavy lift vessels, bulk carriers, dock ships and offshore vessels. With specialised teams for the different types of ships and a strong seafaring DNA embedded in our business culture, Harren & Partner guarantees the highest standards of quality – on both land and sea.

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TT Club’s Support for FIATA Young Freight Forwarders Continues: Regional Award Winners Announced

London, 18 July 2017

TT Club, leading international freight insurer, is very proud to continue its sponsorship of FIATA’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA), now in its nineteenth year.

FIATA and TT Club duly recognise the succession challenges facing many areas of the global supply chain and therefore the need to invest in the development and education of young logistics professionals. The YIFFYA competition provides opportunities for all candidates, of which there were 17 this year, to demonstrate and develop their knowledge of the industry. The competition remains both challenging and rewarding; each candidate being required  to submit a 6,000 word dissertation outlining a complex import and export shipment in which they have been involved.

Each year four regional finalists are selected and are invited to attend the FIATA World Congress, providing each candidate with invaluable learning and networking opportunities. The overall winner of the International Award will have the opportunity to attend two, one week training sessions with the TT Club at one of its regional headquarters in London, New Jersey or Hong Kong.  The winner also receives a year’s subscription to the industry publication, International Transport Journal (ITJ).

The four regional finalists, selected this year from the 17 young professionals representing their respective national associations which embraced the challenge are:-

Region: Africa/Middle East  :  Tinasche Chiwanza – Zimbabwe (SFAAZ)

Region: Americas  :  Bradley Davis – Canada (CIFFA)

Region: Asia/Pacific  :  Nian Wan – China (CIFA)

Region: Europe  :  Nina Brose – Germany (DSLV)

The entries this year were of a particularly high standard and produced a wide range of dissertation topics. The cargo moves chosen in many cases provided a captivating experience for the nine strong judging panel, making the selection of the four regional finalists extremely tough.

The level of knowledge and the dedication demonstrated by the candidates this year was humbling; the future of these passionate individuals must be embraced to safeguard a bright future for the logistics industry.

The work of the candidates fully demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the required logistics skills to service it.  Cargoes featured in this year’s dissertations included Zoological Animals, Olympic Team Equipment, Agricultural Chemicals, Wine and Raw Tea, all of which exhibit the true diversity of the industry.

The regional finalists will travel to FIATA’s World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (4th– 8th October 2017) in order to present their dissertations to the Steering Committee and be in contention for the overall International Award.

Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s Senior Loss Prevention Executive and Chair of the Award Steering Committee, commented, “From a highly professional and broad array of entries the YIFFYA judging panel have selected a shortlist of four regional finalists.  We greatly appreciate the continued support of the National Associations in submitting candidates to participate in, what we feel is a highly valuable competition. Whilst we celebrate the four finalists, we must congratulate all 17 candidates for their achievements in this year’s competition.”


Safety Award Entry Deadline Extended

Entries for the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award are gathering pace.  Now in its second year, TT Club welcomes an extension to the deadline for entries recently announced by the organisers, to 20th July and calls for more organisations to be acclaimed as safety innovators.

London, 12th July, 2017

The 2nd TT Club Innovation in Safety Award, which aims to highlight the crucial importance of safety in the cargo handling sector and throughout the supply chain, also has as its goal the recognition of the efforts of so many companies and individuals around the world who are dedicated to ‘making it safe’ every day, and to acknowledge and foster innovation to improve safety in cargo operations and logistics.

The innovations highlighted by entry in the awards will all feature in the official ICHCA award digest after the winners are announced in October, in an effort to publicise the good work being carried out by the industry in the area of safety innovation.

“At TT Club we wish to impress on the transport and logistics industry the ever-increasing need for vigilance in all aspects of operational safety, whether in terminals, at the berth, on board ship or at inland depots and warehouses or any other part of the supply chain.  While many lessons are learned, substantial risks to life, environment and assets remain to be mitigated,” comments TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox.

It is within this global environment that TT Club encourages renewed focus on safety measures that will reduce the many factors that too often result in injury and in some cases fatalities, as well impact on the environment or the destruction of value in cargo or assets.

TT Club together with ICHCA commend these safety awards to those striving to improve safety records and urge organisations committed to enter their products, services or initiatives. In particular, the awards provide an important opportunity to share good ideas and good practice in relation to safety with peers around the globe.

The Award is open to anyone – an individual, team or company – involved in cargo logistics.  Entrants are required to show that a product, idea, solution, process, scheme or other innovation has resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety.

The new deadline for entries is Thursday 20th July and full details of the entry process and judging criteria can be found here.

The 2017 award ceremony takes place on Tuesday 3 October at the Hotel Santa Catalina in Las Palmas after day 1 of ICHCA International’s 65th Anniversary Conference and is a principal part of the evening’s awards programme.

Evergreen Vessel in Seafarer Rescue

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July 12, 2017  : The officers and crew of Evergreen Line’s containership EVER DIADEM joined forces with another ship to successfully rescue thirty seafarers forced to abandon their burning fishing vessel off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean on the 9th of July.

While en route from Singapore to Durban EVER DIADEM’s crew found the distressed seafarers drifting in two lifeboats having abandoned flaming HSIANG FUH No. 6, a Taiwan-flagged fishing boat. Captain Tai Yen-Tang of EVER DIADEM immediately notified MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Center, South Africa) and ordered his crew to stand by for a rescue operat
ion. In view of the numbers involved, Captain Tai also requested SBI ANTARES, a bulk carrier registered in Marshall Islands, and located nearby to join the rescue mission.

This region off the African coast is notorious for rampant piracy which posed a potential yet serious threat to the rescue operation. However with the safety of the fishermen paramount, EVER DIADEM’s captain and crew braved the risks and succeeded in rescuing sixteen from one of the lifeboats. SBI ANTARES then followed up by saving those from the other lifeboat.

Those rescued included three from Taiwan, seven Filipinos, four from Vietnam and sixteen Indonesians. They received good care on board EVER DIADEM as the ship continued its voyage to Durban. Evergreen notified the owner of the fishing boat, requesting that they take responsibility for their crew in Durban and arrange their repatriation.

EVER DIADEM is one of Evergreen Line’s「D」type vessels with a capacity of 4,211 TEUs.  The ship is currently deployed in the carrier’s Far East – Africa Express (FAX) service, calling at Shanghai, Ningbo, Keelung, Singapore and Durban.

“K” Line Selected for FTSE4Good Global Index 15th Consecutive Year & New ESG Indices


12th July 2017  :  Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has been selected again as a constituent of the FTSE4Good Global Index, one of the leading global indices for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) (*1), for the 15th consecutive year since its initial inclusion in 2003.

FTSE4Good Global Index is an index developed by FTSE Russell (*2), whose constituents are selected by measuring their performance in terms of management and information disclosure utilizing globally-recognized Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards (Japanese companies number 148 out of 883 global companies). The index is a leading indicator used by investors who place importance on corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

In addition, we were also selected as a constituent of the FTSE Blossom Japan Index which reflects the performance of Japanese companies that demonstrate strong ESG practices (151 companies selected), and MSCI(*3) Japan Empowering Women Index (WIN) which is constituted of companies that promote and maintain higher levels of gender diversity in individual industry sector (212 companies selected). These indices are adopted as a benchmark of ESG investment by Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF).

We have raised ESG as one of the important initiatives in our medium-term management plan. We will continue striving to fulfill our social responsibility through ESG initiatives and contribute to sustainable progress of the society.

*1 SRI (Socially Responsible Investment) describes an investment strategy which takes account of enterprises’ social, ethical and environmental aspects as well as financial performance.

*2 FTSE Russell is owned by London Stock Exchange Group, an index company offering indexing and analytical solutions worldwide.

*3 MSCI is listed on New York Stock Exchange, a provider of investment decision support tools worldwide.

GEODIS manages out-of-gauge refinery modules the multimodal way for Kinetics Technology

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The Industrial Projects activity of GEODIS is managing out-of-gauge shipments for a major oil & gas project for the international process engineering contractor Kinetics Technology (KT), part of the Maire Tecnimont Group.

This oil and gas sector project involves shipments of oversize columns from across Europe to the Lotos Refinery in Gdansk, Poland where they will be assembled. GEODIS’ Industrial Projects team in Italy secured the contract for the project early this year and started operations in May. The final shipment which completes the project is scheduled for the summer.

One of the principle components of the overall move is a 310-ton column which was transported by barge on the Ems River in Germany to Rotterdam. From there it was trans-shipped onto a coastal vessel, making its way to the refinery’s jetty in Gdansk; here it was unloaded with the aid of a floating crane.

“This was a great example of intermodal transport success, demonstrating close collaboration between our network of teams in Italy, Germany and Poland.” commented GEODIS’ Project Manager, Mario Scannapieco.

Further shipments by break-bulk vessels are now in progress, once more arranged by the GEODIS team in Italy.  Three large columns originating in Northern Italy and Spain on arrival at the Port of Gdansk will be transferred to barges for on-carriage to the Lotos refinery.

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GEODIS is a Supply Chain Operator ranking among the top companies in the field in Europe and the World.  GEODIS, owned by SNCF Logistics, which in turn is a business line of the SNCF Group, is ranked as the number four logistics provider in Europe and number seven at a worldwide level. GEODIS is also listed as a “Leader” in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant of Worldwide 3PLs. GEODIS’ 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 2016, GEODIS recorded €8 billion in sales.