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Archives for December 2020

“K” Line Financial Highlights for 3rd quarter FY2020

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

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・Notice of the Third Quarter Financial forecast

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“K” LINE Held Safety Campaign Meetings 2020-2021 ~ Online Meeting for opinion exchanges and Season’s greetings~

On December 23, we held an online meeting for information and opinion exchanges as a part of our Safety Campaign, as well as Season’s greeting together with the four vessels on voyage, which were; “YAMATOGAWA”, a tanker vessel, “SUMMIT RIVER”, an LPG vessel, together with “OCEANIC BREEZE” and “BISHU MARU”, LNG vessels.  

The captains, chief engineers and crews from the vessels attended the meeting with board members and multiple shore staffs from Tokyo including President Mr. Myochin, Vice President Mr. Asano, Senior Managing Executive Officer Mr. Harigai, Managing Executive Officer and Chief Safety Officer Capt. Aya as well as Mr. Iwaki, President of “K” Line Energy Ship Management Co., Ltd.

President Myochin expressed heartfelt words of appreciation to all the captains, chief engineers and crews of four vessels who have been facing the risks of getting infected with the COVID-19. They have dealt with the situation for safe operation and environmental preservation night and day in order to keep logistics moving as the lifelines of the people all over the world.

One of the captains participated in the meeting mentioned, “It is not easy to take thorough countermeasures to prevent infection under the situation that regulations of each country change day by day. However, seafarers have been highly motivated, and the continued support from all shore staffs making us realize that we are not alone. Wish next year to be a great year.”

We will continuously use all our powers to support, keep and enhance the safe operation under the theme of “Harmony, Team-up, and Unity” by utilizing our existing online tools between seafarers and shore staffs, which then highlights our slogan, “No Ship is Alone”.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Reference: Announcement on December 11, 2020:

“K” LINE to Launch Safety Campaign 2020-2021~Unity for Safety~

“K” LINE to Launch Safety Campaign 2020-2021 ~ Unity for Safety ~

“K” Line launched the annual safety campaign that started on December 1, 2020 which is scheduled to end in the end of January, 2021. In this campaign, we share the actual accident cases and exchange each opinion among onboard staffs and shore-based staffs, in order to keep and enhance the safe operation.

In view of the current situation with the COVID-19 Pandemic, the company set up the theme “Harmony, Team-Up and Unity” for the campaign in this year to make mutual respects and understandings among Onboard staffs, Shipowners, Ship management companies and us.

The preventive measures to bring COVID-19 onboard shall be top priority for safe operation, therefore in the safety campaign, we are going to have an open conversation amongst seafarers and shore staffs includes top managements by utilizing video conferencing/online meeting as much as possible.

In the safety campaign, we are holding online meetings, so to speak “online ship visitation”. As the first visitation, on December 1, Ship management company in Singapore (KLSM Singapore) and the “K” Line Tokyo HQ visited 7 container ships online and conducted detailed discussions about the importance of safe operation on the basis of actual accident cases in past.  It was really great opportunity for both onboard staffs and shore-based staffs to share real voices, suggestions each other, as well as to confirm our mission to each and every one towards the common goal “SAFE OPERATION”.

Safety in navigation is an immutable mission in a shipping business. We will continuously bring our powers to keep and enhance the safe operation under the theme of “Harmony, Team-up, and Unity” by utilizing our existing online tools between seafarers and shore staffs, which then highlights our slogan, “No Ship is Alone”.

Video Release: “K” Line’s Seasonal Greetings to All Frontliners, Seafarers and Families (Christmas Version)

Despite the difficulties that we have been facing due to the coronavirus pandemic, now is one of the most important time to share the love, joy and happiness to everyone.

This yuletide season reminds us of each and everyone’s strength, light and hope. We are all in this together and we will get through these challenging times.

Through a simple video, “K” Line and with thousands of its maritime frontliners are wishing a wonderful, safe, and a healthy Christmas to everyone, especially to all the COVID-19 frontline workers, seafarers and their families,

The video is published on “K” Line’s official YouTube.

Everyone is very welcome to post their warmest Christmas greetings under the comment section of the YouTube video.

“K” Line Movie: Seasonal Greetings to All Frontliners, Seafarers and Families

Again, wishing everyone all the best for the Christmas season and beyond.

June 17, 2020 release:


“K” Line Movie: Thank you Seafarers ~Unsung Heroes~

Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year announced

Umair Aamir Sheikh

Geneva/London, 10 December 2020 – FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations and TT Club announce the 2020 winner of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA). Umair Aamir Sheikh from the Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association, and Asia-Pacific regional winner, is awarded this year’s global award.

The YIFFYA demonstrates recognition by FIATA, and TT Club as a sponsoring partner of the award, of the need to develop quality in the freight forwarding industry and reward young talent. For over 20 years, the YIFFYA has been providing valuable training opportunities for young freight forwarders in the industry.

“In the face of such a difficult year due to the pandemic, we are heartened to receive very high-quality dissertations from all four FIATA regions,” said Thomas Sim, FIATA Senior Vice President. “Candidates have demonstrated tenacity, versatility and high standards of research and applications in their various domains and areas of operations. FIATA’s continuous efforts towards nurturing and motivating the youth in logistics and freight forwarding will persist in the face of our industry’s disruption and digital transformation.”

Sheikh joined the freight forwarding industry four years ago and comes from a country where 64% of the population is under 30 years old – emphasizing the relevance and timeliness of this award. His dissertation took into account the effects of digitalization on freight forwarding activities and concluded that, despite the technology currently available, the role of the freight forwarder remains essential.

The YIFFYA selects four regional winners who are invited to attend the annual FIATA World Congress. The global winner is usually announced during the congress and receives, as part of the prize, one week’s practical experience of multimodal transport infrastructure and one-week academic training in the TT Club’s Head Office in London.

“This year more than ever we at TT want to pay tribute to the freight forwarding fraternity across the world that have helped keep essential global supply chains flowing,” said Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s Managing Director, Loss Prevention. “In turn the young, talented employees of these regional and international companies have excelled. The entries into YIFFA and particularly the finalists have exemplified this talent and dedication. In addition to Sheikh, I want to congratulate them all, and in particular the regional finalists: Femke Marie Fürst (DSLV – Germany) ; Vimbai Loreen Manyumbu (SFAAZ – Zimbabwe) and Anastasia Gureeva (CIFFA – Canada)

One of FIATA’s key priorities is to bring new talent into the freight transport industry to meet the need for human resources in the coming years. The YIFFYA provides young professionals looking to develop their knowledge with networking opportunities. FIATA encourages young freight forwarders from Association Members to apply for the award to get global exposure to the industry.


FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations is a nongovernmental, membership-based organization representing freight forwarders in some 150 countries. FIATA’s membership is composed of 108 Associations Members and more than 5,800 Individual Members, overall representing an industry of 40,000 freight forwarding and logistics firms worldwide. Based in Geneva, FIATA is ‘the global voice of freight logistics’

About TT Club

TT Club is the established market-leading independent provider of mutual insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry. TT Club’s primary objective is to help make the industry safer and more secure. Founded in 1968, the Club has more than 1,100 Members, spanning container owners and operators, ports and terminals, and logistics companies, working across maritime, road, rail, and air. TT Club is renowned for its high-quality service, in-depth industry knowledge and enduring Member loyalty. It retains more than 93% of its Members with a third of its entire membership having chosen to insure with the Club for 20 years or more.

GEODIS Awarded its 7th Consecutive EcoVadis Gold Medal

The annual evaluation carried out by the independent Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance rating agency EcoVadis, has confirmed GEODIS’ commitment to CSR, awarding the global logistics company a 7th consecutive gold medal.

With an overall CSR rating of 68/100, GEODIS ranks among the most advanced of the 20,000 companies audited across all sectors.

The EcoVadis assessment focuses on 21 criteria grouped into four themes, for which GEODIS received the following scores:

– Environment: 90/100

– Labor and Human Rights: 60/100

– Sustainable Procurement: 60/100

– Ethical Business Practices: 60/100

EcoVadis commends GEODIS’ “exceptional policy” with regard to major environmental issues.

“Our policy aims to control and reduce the environmental impact of our activities and contribute to the fight against climate change. This is based on reducing our carbon footprint and pollutant emissions, in addition to optimizing the use of resources” says Cécile Bray, CSR Director, GEODIS. In collaboration with its customers, GEODIS is developing “low-carbon” solutions via the optimization of transport plans, the implementation of multi-modal solutions and the use of clean-energy vehicles.

With regard to the other themes in 2020, GEODIS established actions aimed at:

  • Safeguarding employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of its employees, GEODIS established and implemented a detailed “post-lockdown return to work plan” that was shared at every company level to make sure that protective measures were applied.
  • Ethical performance (whistle-blowing procedure, raising awareness among employees, oversight, etc.)
  • Supporting employees facing temporary financial difficulties by creating a European solidarity fund in addition to the existing American solidarity fund.

An evaluation carried out at every level of the GEODIS group

The EcoVadis evaluation is also carried out at every GEODIS Group line of business and regional level. In 2020, the Road Transport and Freight Forwarding lines of business as well as the WEMA (Western Europe, Middle East, Africa) Region saw a significant increase in their scores.

The Road Transport line of business, which received its second consecutive gold medal, is among the top 2% of road transport companies to reach such a level. The evaluation commended, in particular the roll-out of its Responsible Procurement policy, which now includes numerous CSR criteria in selecting and motivating its transport partners.

The Freight Forwarding line of business is among the top 2% highest-scoring freight forwarders. Freight Forwarding’s activity improved their overall score by 2 points compared to last year (increasing from 66 to 68), which also earned it an EcoVadis gold medal. A distinction which rewards its proactive approach, its policy and concrete actions with regard to CSR, particularly its commitment to protecting the environment, ethical business practices, sustainable procurement, and favoring labor and human rights.

Lastly, managing risks related to ethical business practices and compliance were strengthened in the WEMA region. Particular attention was paid to the health and safety of its employees and subcontractors. The steady reduction in workplace accidents and the regulatory compliance of its activities everywhere, and at all times are among the central actions carried out in the region which impose standards when local regulations do not legislate for them.

Note: GEODIS’ 2019 Activity and Corporate Social Responsibility Report – ‘Securing supply chains’ can be accessed HERE


GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #6 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2019, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

BBG and Harren & Partner join forces

Bremer Bereederungsgesellschaft (BBG) and Harren & Partner (H&P) are combining and expanding their expertise, fleets and networks in the bulker segment. The new “Harren Bulkers” brand provides the umbrella for these shared activities.

Bremer Bereederungsgesellschaft and Harren & Partner will manage a fleet of 23 bulk carriers. BBG Managing Director Joachim Zeppenfeld is thrilled about the new alliance: “Harren & Partner is a highly diversified family-owned business with a very strong presence in the bulkers segment as well as other markets – such as heavy lifters, tankers and container feeders. By joining forces, we can benefit from our shared expertise while continuing to diversify and strengthen our ship management portfolios. BBG will continue to run as an operational entity, and our clients and business partners will not notice any changes in our day-to-day business.”

The two companies aim to systematically expand and strengthen the bulker segment over the long term: “BBG and H&P see great potential in this field,” explained Peter Grönwoldt, Managing Director at Harren & Partner. “The goal is to continue our strong growth in this sector. Founding Harren Bulkers is just the first step – one that will lay the foundation for acquiring more ships and expanding our fleet.”

BBG’s roots date back to the year 1970, when the company was founded under the name “Frigomaris Shipping”. The organisation first became specialised in the management of container ships under the name “Ganymed Shipping” starting in 1987, but BBG has primarily operated bulk carriers since 2010. The company’s fleet includes Midi Supramax, Ultramax, Panamax, Post-Panamax and Caper bulkers.

“I am very proud and delighted that we were able to form this new alliance. This marks yet another milestone in the history of Harren & Partner. BBG is a very prestigious company with many years of history and experienced employees, as well as a strong international reputation for quality, trust and expertise in the bulker segment,” commented Dr. Martin Harren, Managing Director of Harren & Partner. “Now that Harren & Partner has spent the last several years strengthening and expanding its position in the heavy lift and tanker segments, we want to continue this development with bulkers. We are convinced that founding Harren Bulkers will put both BBG and Harren & Partner in a very good position for the future.”

Patrik Pukall, Head of Project Finance at H&P and General Manager at Harren Bulkers, thinks that the new Bremen-based bulker alliance is an interesting set-up for investors and ship owners: “Our professional ship management operations and effective finance team make us an especially attractive partner for investors. We have the group’s extensive resources at our disposal for everything we do. We will take a creative, transparent approach to every new project – and make it a success.”

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About Harren & Partner: The Harren name is synonymous with over 30 years of experience and expertise in the ever-changing world of shipping. The Bremen-based shipping group was founded by Captain Peter Harren in 1989, and employs around 270 people ashore as well as around 2,900 regular crew members on their vessels. Today, the family-run business is a diverse group of companies with strong brands: SAL Heavy Lift, SAL Engineering and Intermarine are three of the world’s leading companies in the maritime transport sector for heavy lift and project cargo. Combi Lift is specialised in multimodal door-to-door and turnkey concepts. Finally, Harren Tankers and Harren Bulkers are responsible for the commercial and technical support activities for the group’s tankers and bulkers.

Another core activity involves managing our own fleet as well as external tonnage. The fleet currently consists of 92 units – heavy lift carriers, bulkers, tankers, dock ships, container feeders, tugs, barges and offshore vessels. With specialised teams for the different types of ships and strong seafaring DNA in our business culture, Harren & Partner guarantees the highest standards of quality – on both land and sea.

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“K” LINE Awarded CDP’ s “A List 2020” on Climate Change – Earning Highest Rating “A” for Five Consecutive Years

“K” LINE is pleased to announce that the company was recognized as ”A List 2020”, the top rating, on climate change from CDP, which is a non-profit global organization (NGO) engaging in activities for realizing sustainable economy, on December 8.  The ”A List” is awarded to companies that are evaluated as global leaders in their response to climate change.

Among the companies that disclosed their climate change information in response to a questionnaire sent from CDP on behalf of 515 institutional investors with total assets of over 106 trillion US dollars, 270 companies whose measures against climate change such as emissions reduction activities in the reported year were regarded as outstanding were recognized in the “A List”. 53 Japanese companies were in the list and only 4 companies were selected for more than five consecutive years.

In June 2020, we revised the “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050, which was originally formulated in March 2015, in order to further refine the Group’s strengths of “safety”, “environment”, and “quality”.

Regarding “Decarbonization”, as one of 2030 interim milestones, “K” LINE set CO2 emission efficiency improvement by 50% over 2008, which is ahead of International Maritime Organization(IMO) target by 40%. We are proceeding with new technologies and businesses aiming for zero GHG emissions such as the introduction of the automatic kite system, “Seawing”, using natural wind energy, the LNG-fueled car carrier scheduled to be completed within this fiscal year, and the first Ship-to-Ship LNG fuel supply business in Japan that started in October 2020. 

As an environmental front runner, we will continue to aim for the realization of business in which more people throughout the world can enjoy the benefits of more environmentally low-impact and high-efficiency marine transportation.

* Please see the following for details of our “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050.

GEODIS Emphasises the Significance of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to Asian Trade

As one of the major logistics service providers in Asia Pacific region, GEODIS welcomes the recent RCEP news. 

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) represents a fundamental step in the development of what will become the largest international trading bloc, as over the next twenty years it is envisaged that 90% of import tariffs between the partners will be eliminated.

GEODIS, which offers a full suite of supply chain and transport management services, including customs brokerage, through its network of offices across the APAC region is greatly encouraged by the RCEP news.  “So many countries across the Asia Pacific region agreeing to the RCEP has significance of historic proportions. We look forward to supporting our customers in taking advantage of the emerging opportunities accruing from RCEP.  We have full confidence in forecasting robust economic growth and supply chain evolution across the region with the conclusion of RCEP.  The inter-state cooperation that it represents will also aid the post-Covid recovery of damaged economies,” commented Onno Boots, GEODIS APAC Regional President and CEO.

Dr. KC Chang, Regional Director of Customs Brokerage said, “The agreement, when ratified will result not only in the reduction of import tariffs but will also encourage efforts to remove non-tariff barriers which will accelerate cross-border trade movement between all signatory countries and further boost economic growth.” 

It is noted that the terms of the agreement will be effective sixty days after the legal ratification of RCEP by at least nine of the signatory nations.

Signed at a summit in Vietnam in November, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is the world’s largest trade agreement. Involving fifteen nations* it will facilitate cross-border commerce among 2.2 billion people, accounting for nearly 30% of the globe’s total GDP.

*The signatories of the RCEP are: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam


GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its commitment to helping clients overcome their logistical constraints. GEODIS’ growth-focused offerings (Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport) coupled with the company’s truly global reach thanks to a direct presence in 67 countries, and a global network spanning 120 countries, translates in top business rankings, #1 in France, #6 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2019, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

“K” Line take delivery of 100,000-dwt Bulk-Carrier “CAPE ACE”

Today, construction of “CAPE ACE” 100,000-dwt bulker has been completed by Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. Imari Shipyard & Works and delivered to us.

The ship is compliant with the Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carrier (CSR-BC) for bulk cargo ships. She has wide shallow hull shape with 6 cargo holds which enables to load more cargo compared to Panamax size vessel. She is equipped with “NCF” (Namura flow Control Fin) on her stern and “Rudder Fin” on her rudder both of which are unique products of Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., and such equipment improve her propulsion performance by aligning water flow in front and back of propeller. Together with an electronically controlled engine, the vessel is expected to save fuel consumption and reduce environmental impact.

After the delivery, she is engaged in iron ore and coal transport for a Japanese steel mill under long term contract.

With a large number of vessels from various types with various sizes – from very large to small -, “K” Line offers its customers a unique range of transport services. “K” Line will remain committed to flexibly and actively responding diversifying needs for shipments of ore and other iron-bearing raw materials.

Vessel Particulars

LOA                       :              249.94M

Width (Moulded)    :              43.00M

Depth                    :              18.70M

Draft(Moulded) :                    12.90M

Deadweight           :              101,314T

Gross Ton              :              60,133T

Main Engine          :              MAN B&W 6S60ME-C8.5

Speed                   :              14.0KTS

Class                     :              NK

Flag                       :              Panama

Builder                   :              Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.