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Archives for January 2018

Dachser UK Wins BIFA Staff Development Award

BIFA Staff Development Award 2017

Caption: (l-r) Cliff Atkinson, Albacore Systems; Rachel Bussey, Dachser; Levi Roots

Northampton, 26 January 2018

Dachser UK is proud to have been honoured by the British International Freight Association at its annual awards luncheon held in London on the 18th January. The award for Staff Development was sponsored and presented by the Albacore Group at the event hosted by entrepreneur and musician, Levi Roots.

The award judges were looking for the company producing the best supply chain operatives of the future. Summing up Dachser’s achievement, they reported, “Recruiting bright, dedicated, and motivated young people, and then nurturing and developing their talent in a highly-supportive environment to release their fullest potential, is at the heart of Dachser’s strategy.”

As part of this strategy, Dachser UK’s apprenticeship programme has expanded with 14 new apprentices joining the organisation during the second half of 2017 across its four UK branches. The programme provides A-level graduates with an outstanding opportunity to gain a real insight into the logistics industry and forge a successful career. The apprentices are trained, guided and supported throughout the duration of the programme and beyond.

Over the past few years, the various apprenticeship schemes on offer at Dachser have evolved in order to continually reflect and address the needs of the developing and changing business. With this in mind, the programme has now been augmented by a specific apprenticeship which addresses the potential needs of a changing European environment as a result of the impending Brexit: ‘Customs and Business Administration’.

Dachser UK is part of the German head-quartered global logistics provider. Based in Northampton, with three further branches in Dartford, Rochdale and Bristol, Dachser UK operates a state-of-the-art logistics centre comprising a transit terminal, contract logistics warehouse which can accommodate up to 20,000 racket pallet positions, and an office building, with further contract logistics warehousing on nearby sits. Its continued growth requires an expanding and skilled workforce and Dachser is continually pro-active in developing training programmes for existing staff as well as identifying and recruiting new talent.

Rachel Bussey, HR Officer collected the award on behalf of Dachser and commented, “One of the key events for us is the National Apprenticeship Show which is held annually in March. This event allows us to meet potential candidates and raise the profile of our apprenticeship programme. The programme has been well-established for some years now, and is designed to be very relevant for our business and well as being thought-provoking for the students.”

Managing Director of Dachser UK, Nick Lowe added: “We are very proud of our apprenticeship and training programmes and this award is testament to their success and shows that our staff development approach is recognised across the industry”.

“K” Line, Chubu Electric, Toyota Tsusho, and NYK Line begin joint discussions on LNG Bunkering Business in Japan

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Eizo Murakami; hereinafter “K” Line), Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (Head office: Higashi-ku, Nagoya; President & Director: Satoru Katsuno; hereinafter Chubu Electric Power), Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Head office: Nakamura-ku, Nagoya; President & CEO: Jun Karube; hereinafter Toyota Tsusho), and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Tadaaki Naito; hereinafter NYK Line) announce today that the four companies have begun joint discussions on the commercialization of a new business to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel to ships in the Chubu (central region) of Japan.

LNG is expected to become an important alternative to heavy fuel oil due to its relatively low emissions* of air polluting substances and greenhouse gases, which will enable ships to meet increasingly stringent international regulations on emissions. The four companies will jointly discuss specific LNG customers and supply methods in preparation for the commercialization of LNG bunkering business.

*Compared to heavy fuel oil, the use of LNG can reduce emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter (PM) by approximately 100%, nitrogen oxides (NOx) by as much as 80%, and carbon dioxide (CO2) by approximately 30%.


Popular beaches in West Sussex, and perhaps more widely across the UK, could become cleaner, thanks to an innovative waste bin designed by a student at the University of East London (UEL).

The BinForGreenSeas project, organised by the GreenSeas Trust ( and supported by Arun District Council and its waste contractor Biffa, saw 9 students create designs for an iconic beach waste bin that could help reduce seaside waste by reminding visitors to dispose of their litter carefully. Judging to select a winning design took place at the university.

Winning Design

The students, all in their first year of their product design course, showcased innovate and forward thinking designs using 3D models, accompanied by their presentations. The winning design, produced by 19 year old, Laura Monica Carusato, takes its inspiration from the ventilation shafts of the majestic passenger liners of a bygone era. “It’s designed so people don’t just place or drop plastic waste in the bin, they throw it in, so it becomes fun, something children and adults can enjoy, like playing basketball.”

The judging panel comprised of Fazilette Khan, founding trustee of the GreenSeas Trust, who presented the winner’s trophy; Edina Seiben, GreenSeas Trust project coordinator; Biffa business development manager Karen Sherwood; and Darren Wingrove, project manager at Logoplaste Innovation Lab.They assessed the designs for originality in the design, form and use of materials; effectiveness in attracting attention; potential to carry educational messages; practicality (function and ease of use); serviceability (ease of emptying); and manufacture (production cost, sustainability and durability).

“We are very excited to have reached this milestone and chosen the winning bin design, said Fazilette Khan. “Changing behaviour to stop people leaving their litter on beaches or discarding it into waterways is challenging. We are optimistic this bin design will help do just that,”

Dispose Of Litter Properly

Karen Sherwood commented: “All of the designs submitted showed that a lot of thought had gone into them. Laura’s prototype won for its originality of design, ease of use, and because it would be practical to clean and empty. Every year, Biffa’s cleaning staff collects and disposes of many tonnes of waste that are so thoughtlessly left on Arun’s beaches.” A spokesperson Arun Council said, “It’s vital that our beaches and seas are kept as clean as possible. The winning design is eye-catching and we hope to see the design in production and in use. We are hopeful that Laura’s design will help influence beach-goers to put their rubbish into nearby bins so that it can be recycled or disposed of properly.”

According to Andrew Wright, UEL senior lecturer in product design, the project aimed to encourage thoughtfulness through design. “Our enthusiastic students used design thinking to combat the ecological plight of the sea, aiming to change human behaviour using their creative skills.”

 Beach Study

Last October, 20 students from the UEL’s design faculty, and accompanied by representatives of the GreenSeas Trust, Arun District Council and Biffa, collected and analysed litter from the shore line of Littlehampton Beach. Their study, which included waste composition analysis and use of high tech GPS equipment, helped identify waste materials found at different areas of the beach. This data informed the potential design of a new waste bin, as well as the best locations for bins.

Jochen Müller becomes COO Air & Sea Logistics at Dachser

Kempten, January 23, 2018. Jochen Müller took up the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Dachser’s Air & Sea Logistics business field on January 1Jochen-Mueller, 2018. He replaces Thomas Reuter, who retired at the end of last year after 39 years at Dachser. Müller joined Dachser on October 1, 2016 to prepare for his duties as COO.

As COO Air & Sea Logistics and a member of the Executive Board, Jochen Müller will continue the work of Thomas Reuter. His core duties include the further expansion of the intercontinental air and sea freight network and the connection of this network with the European road network in order to add value for customers through intermodal logistics.

Müller was born in the German city of Worms in 1964. He joined the board of Schenker Deutschland AG in 2011, where he was responsible for the Central Europe air freight region as well as sales (air/sea) and logistics for global relocations, trade fairs, and sports events. Prior to that, Müller was CEO of Schenker’s British subsidiary with responsibility for land, sea, and air freight as well as the trade fair business. “Jochen Müller has immersed himself in our corporate structures, and now has a comprehensive understanding of our business processes and the challenges we face on an international level,” says Bernhard Simon, CEO of Dachser.

Born in 1957, Thomas Reuter joined Dachser in 1978, becoming a member of the Executive Board at the start of 2006. He was a driving force in helping the provider of logistics services to develop its international business, building up a global network of air and sea freight locations. Today, Dachser Air & Sea Logistics has 172 locations of its own and over 4,000 employees, who generated some 1.5 billion euros in sales in 2016. Reuter plans to continue serving the company in an advisory capacity, but will turn his attention to matters outside Dachser’s day-to-day operations. Among other things, he will retain his seat on the board of “The WACO System” (World Air Cargo Organisation), and will represent Dachser’s interests in the Dachser joint ventures Jet-Speed GmbH and NNR + Dachser GmbH.


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.

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“K” Line takes Delivery of 14000-TEU Containership “MILANO BRIDGE”

Milano Bridge (14,000 TEU) Jan18

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (hereafter called “K” Line) is proud to announce the delivery of “MILANO BRIDGE,” a 14,000-TEU Containership at Hiroshima Shipyard of Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, Japan on January 18, 2018.

This new ultra-large containership (hereafter called ULCS) is same as the series delivered in 2015 and 1st ship of the 2nd generation. She will be deployed on the Asia-Mediterranean service (MED2) under THE-Alliance. “K” Line has 5 ULCSs scheduled for delivery this year, bringing the total to 10 units.

Main Particulars

LOA   :   365.94   m

Beam   :   51.20     m

Depth   :   29.90     m

Draft   :   15.50     m

DWT   :  146,931 MT

No. of Containers   :   13,900 TEU

Flag   :   Republic of Panama

Class   :   NK

“K” Line take delivery of ‘Corona’ Series Coal Carrier “CORONA WISDOM”



Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (hereafter called “K” Line) is proud to announce the delivery of “CORONA WISDOM,” an 88,000 DWT-type special coal carrier at Shin Kasado Dockyard Co.,Ltd. of Imabari Shipbuilding Group Japan on 19h Jan, 2018.

CORONA WISDOM is same type as K” Line’s specialized fleet for transport of thermal coal known as the “Corona-series”. The Corona-series consists of epoch-making coal carriers equipped with wide beam and shallow draft, which are the most suitable type to enter ports of domestic Thermal Power Stations to discharge cargo.

CORONA WISDOM is equipped with latest energy saving and ecological technology such as WAD (Weather Adapted Duct) which promotes her propeller efficiency and ballast water management system which saves marine ecosystems

With this new latest deployment, the Corona-series now consists of 19 carriers. “K” Line takes pride that its Corona-series has been so favorably evaluated for always ensuring customers steady and reliable thermal coal transport service with maximum safety.


Vessel’s Specifications
LOA 229.98 M  Deadweight Tons 88,899 MT
 Beam 38.00 M  Gross Tons  49,713   T
 Depth 19.90 M  Net Tons 28,511   T
 Full Draft 13.904 M  Hold/Hatch      5/5

Notice of Completion of Necessary Legal Process in All Countries/Regions for New J/V in the Container Shipping Business

January 18,2018

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. – Eizo Murakami, President & CEO
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. – Junichiro Ikeda, President & CEO
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha – Tadaaki Naito, President

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha today announced that their new joint venture company, Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd., established in July 2017, has received all necessary merger approvals from local competition authorities in regions and countries where such approvals are required for the launch of service by the newly established joint venture company.


As announced on July 3, 2017, the J/V company had completed the approval process in all regions and countries except South Africa as of the end of June 2017. Following continued negotiations with the competition authority in that country, the J/V company today obtained approval with conditions requiring measures regarding competition law compliance.
The service commencement schedule for the new company remains unchanged, with operations slated to begin on April 1, 2018.

Inquiries can be directed to the following representatives: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. Masaya Futakuchi, General Manager, Investor & Public Relations Group (TEL: +81-3- 3595-5189) Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. Keiichiro Nakanishi, General Manager, Public Relations Office (TEL: +81-3- 3587-7015) Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha Ushio Koiso, General Manager, Corporate Communication Group (TEL: +81-3-3284-5058)

This document includes information that constitutes “forward-looking statements” relating to the success and failure or the results of the integration of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha. To the extent that statements in this document do not relate to historical or current facts, they constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the current assumptions and beliefs of the three companies in light of the information currently available to them, and involve known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors may cause the actual results to be materially different from the contents of this document with respect to any future performance, achievements or financial position of one or all of the three companies (or the new company after the integration) expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Further, the three companies undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements after the date of this document.

The risks, uncertainties, and other factors referred to above include, but are not limited to:

(1) Procedural and practical difficulties accompanying implementation of the integration;
(2) Changes in supply and demand for the market, and changes in market position including changes in the competition environment and relationships with major customers;
(3) Changes in economic conditions in and outside Japan and changes in exchange rates;
(4) Possibility of misappropriation or deletion of personal data or confidential information due to IT failure, cyber-attack, or other reason;
(5) Occurrence of natural or man-made disaster which may have an adverse effect on the employees, offices, key facilities and IT systems of the new joint-venture company after the integration;
(6) Changes in laws and regulations relating to business activities;
(7) Delays in the review process by the relevant competition law authorities or the clearance of the relevant competition law authorities or the inability to obtain other necessary approvals in relation to the integration; and
(8) Difficulty accompanying materialization of synergies or integration effects in the new joint-venture company after the integration.

Name Change of Two “K” Line Group Ship Management Subsidiaries

As of April 1, 2018, Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd. and “K” Line Ship Management Co., Ltd., both of which are “K” Line Group ship management subsidiaries, will change their names to “K” Line RoRo Bulk Ship Management Co., Ltd. and “K” Line Energy Ship Management Co., Ltd., respectively. Utilizing the many years of extensive expertise of these two ship management companies in their respective fields, the entire “K” Line Group is committed to continuously provide even higher quality and more reliable and safer ocean transport services.

Outline of the company

Company name (current) Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd.
Company name (new) “K” Line RoRo Bulk Ship Management Co., Ltd.
Address of head office 2-3, Kaigan-Dori 2 Chome, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0024, Japan
President Shunichi Arisaka
Offices 3 domestic and 8 overseas offices in 7 countries
Types of managing vessel Car carriers, Dry bulk carriers
Capital 400 million Japanese Yen
Share holder Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. 100%


Company name (current) “K” Line Ship Management Co., Ltd.
Company name (new) “K” Line Energy Ship Management Co., Ltd.
Address of head office 1-1, Uchisaiwaicho 2-Chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0011, Japan
President Toshikazu Saito
Offices 1 domestic and 5 overseas offices in 4 countries
Types of managing vessel Tankers, LPG carriers, LNG carriers

(※ Containerships and Chemical Tankers are managed by Singapore subsidiary.)

Capital 75 million Japanese Yen
Share holder Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. 100%


GEODIS Sets Holiday Record with 2.3 Million Orders Fulfilled in the U.S.

2.3 million orders shipped from Black Friday through Cyber Monday is a 14 percent increase from 2016 orders

Further reinforcing the growth of online retail, global supply chain operator GEODIS announces that the critical four-day Thanksgiving shopping holiday was a record-breaker for the company’s U.S. operations. The company recorded a 14 percent year-over-year increase in ecommerce orders across its 44M square feet of warehousing space from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. This increase came from growth in orders of both new and existing customers.

“This kind of record-breaking performance requires the synchronized and collaborative efforts of GEODIS’ warehouse operations and technology support teams,” said Mike Honious, Chief Operating Officer for the Contract Logistics line of business in the U.S. “Every department plays an important role, so staying present and engaged is key. Next, we focus on communicate, communicate and communicate to ensure we are meeting our customers’ needs.”

The American National Retail Federation (NRF) projected that retail sales will grow 4 percent over 2016 during the November and December shopping season in 2017. It projects 76 percent of all shoppers will be shopping online this holiday season.

While GEODIS serves many industries in the U.S, this time of year has a retail focus with many retailers doing 30 percent of their annual sales over the 6-week holiday period.

“Late November and December is all about retail,” added Honious. “Thanks to the dedication of our employees, we have been capable of supporting a peak order volume ten times our average daily volume.”

GEODIS hires roughly 5,000 seasonal employees during this peak season in the U.S. to ensure that customers’ demands are met.  GEODIS is known for meeting delivery demands during peak season. The Gartner Group, a renowned research organization in the supply chain, ranked GEODIS as “one of the top companies that has the agility and ability to adapt to customer needs.”


GEODIS is a logistics provider ranked amongst the largest companies in its sector in Europe and throughout the world. GEODIS belongs to the SNCF Logistics arm of the SNCF group and is the fourth-largest logistics provider in Europe and the seventh-largest in the world. In 2016, GEODIS was also classified by Gartner as a ‘Leader’ in its ‘Magic Quadrant’ of global 3PL providers.  The international reach of GEODIS relies on its direct presence in 67 countries and a global network that connects more than 120 countries. With its five specialist areas of focus (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express Couriering and Road Transport), GEODIS takes charge of its customers’ supply chain and provides them with complete solutions by drawing upon more than 39,500 employees, its facilities, it processes and its IT systems. In 2016 GEODIS achieved a turnover of 8 billion Euros.



2018 New Year Message from President Murakami

“Working Together, Let’s Make 2018 the Link to a New Era”

President Eizo Murakami

Eizo Murakam, President & CEO, “K” Line Group

To everyone of the “K” Line Group, I extend my very sincerest wishes for a Happy New Year. As we enter 2018, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year and offer a look forward to the challenges ahead.

The year 2017 opened with inauguration of a new American president, an event that attracted the world’s attention. Pushing a strong “America First” ideology, President Trump announced the US’s withdrawal from the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and the Paris Agreement. In Europe, the United Kingdom decided to withdraw from the European Union, with the ruling party losing its majority in the general election, while in Germany, France and the Netherlands, right-wing and anti-EU parties surged forward in national elections. These outcomes demonstrated just how much anti-globalization sentiment there is. How the rise of protectionism will play out is a matter of concern for the shipping industry, which engages in global logistics. At the same time, the situation in the Middle East following the collapse of the radical Islamic State, North Korea’s repeated provocations, and other developments are factors producing geo-political instability.

However, despite the uncertain international situation, the global economy is showing gradual improvement. The United States, Europe and China are showing either accelerating economic growth or economic recovery. Japan, too, is seeing better corporate performance as a result of improvement in overseas economies and a favorable employment environment. With economic activity gathering steam globally, the world’s economic growth rate, which in 2016 fell to its lowest level since the Global Financial Crisis, began moving upwards last year and appears to be gaining momentum.

The “K” Line Group’s business is based on global logistics. Our operations are therefore being directly and indirectly affected by international circumstances and the global economy. In FY2016, two of our major segments, Containership and Dry Bulk Businesses, were buffeted by the stormy

seas of a historical market downturn. However, over the course of this fiscal year, tonnage supply pressure has weakened, while the movement of international marine cargo is robust. Thus, market conditions have bottomed out and are gradually recovering. Our Group’s performance for the first half of FY 2017 successfully moved into the black from last fiscal year, a term that ended in the red. This result can be attributed to our efforts to reinforce our competitiveness through large-scale structural reforms conducted over two consecutive terms—last year and the year before—as well as to improving market conditions. While we may claim that the combined efforts of everyone—executives and employees alike—have finally borne fruit, it also appears that more time will be required before we see substantial recovery in the supply-and-demand balance. We must therefore continue to be prepared for tough times.

Under our medium-term management plan titled “Revival for Greater Strides – Value for our Next Century,” which we announced in April of last year, we are focusing on rebuilding our management foundation into one that can achieve sustainable growth. This effort will continue over the three years leading up to 2019, when we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our foundation.

The major challenges we have set for ourselves under this medium-term management plan are rebuilding our portfolio strategy, pursuing advanced management and strategy, and enhancing ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) initiatives.

For rebuilding our portfolio strategy, we will strengthen businesses that generate stable earnings as we also nurture next-generation core businesses and strive to achieve revenue stability and growth. In reviewing our portfolio, we will premise our efforts on securing returns that are commensurate with capital cost while managing the total risk by bringing greater sophistication to our risk/return management. Additionally, the pursuit of strategy by function is an important element in the operation of each of our businesses. Here, we will leverage the Group’s collective strength to keep focusing on our customers with proactively incorporating advanced technologies, and develop the professional and diverse human resources that will support those initiatives.

The integration of Containership Business and Overseas Terminal Business by the three major Japanese shipping companies is a first step in our effort to rebuild our portfolio. Our withdrawal from the Heavy-Lifter Business, which we sold last year, was also a result of our taking a new look at how we should manage our overall business in the future. Ocean Network Express (ONE), the new containership company, is scheduled to start its service in April of this year. I believe this new enterprise will deliver the advantages of expansion of scale brought by the integration. I expect it will also achieve greater competitiveness by bringing to bear the best practices of the three companies and demonstrate a strong presence in a containership industry that continues to undergo a paradigm shift. ONE will be an affiliated company accounted for by the equity-method, and thus will have a different operating format. Nonetheless, Containership Business will remain a core segment of our Group, and we will continue to give it our full support.

Even after spinning off our Containership Business, we will work to ensure that the “K” Line Group continues to grow strongly by taking advantage of our high transportation quality and customer base. To that end, our entire Group must become even more integrated and execute each of our business strategies. In each of the businesses that will become the Group’s mainstays —Dry Bulk, Car Carrier, Energy Transportation and Marine Resources Development—we will advance initiatives to expand our revenue stability and develop new business through technological innovation and business model reform. And Logistics Business will succeed the network established by containership business and appropriately meet our customers’ needs. In this way we will strive to shape a new “K” Line Group.

The year 2018 will be the final year before we celebrate our centennial. It also marks 50 years since our first full containership, the first Golden Gate Bridge, began service on the North American route, and is the 50th anniversary of the completion of our first car carrier Toyota Maru No. 1.

Compared to those days, the per-vessel carrying capacity of containerships has grown by 20 times and that of car carriers has grown six-fold. Thus, the size of our business and our business environment has changed greatly in half a century. Nevertheless, status of the shipping business as an important infrastructure that supports people’s lives and the world’s economic activities remains unchanged. With an unwavering sense of pride and responsibility in our important role for society, and so that we may fulfill this responsibility, we must maintain our mental and physical health, as stated in our “Health Declaration,” and demonstrate our strengths to the maximum degree possible.

This spring, we will take a giant step forward as a brand-new “K” Line Group. Moreover, 2018 will be the year in which we solidify our foothold in preparation for the next 100 years.

I believe that, if we steadfastly execute our respective roles and consolidate our strengths as professionals, this one year will become an important link to a new era. Let us all join together on this journey toward a new tomorrow.

In closing, as we celebrate the New Year, I wish all of you, the members of the “K” Line Group and your families, Good Health and Prosperity, and pray that all of our ships will enjoy safe passage throughout 2018.

Eizo Murakami

President & CEO