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“K” Line Selected as an Index Component by Dow Jones/RobecoSAM for 9th Consecutive Year

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has been selected again as an Asia Pacific Index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), one of the leading global indices for ESG investing (*), for the 9th consecutive year since 2011.

DJSI, jointly operated by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC of the United States and Robeco SAM AG of Switzerland, measures the performance of companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria, through a corporate sustainability assessment, and only includes companies with remarkable performance. Among those indices, Asia Pacific Index selects 148 companies in the Asia-Pacific developed region (including 76 Japanese companies) as components, as a result of sustainability assessment of 600 largest companies in the region. Launched in 1999, DSJI is one of the first global sustainability benchmarks for investors which integrate sustainability consideration into their portfolios.

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 our business activities and contribute to sustainable progress of the society.

*ESG investing describes an investment strategy which takes account of enterprises’ social, ethical and environmental aspects as well as financial performance.

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Delivery of Coal Carrier “CORONA CITRUS” for Electric Power Development Co., Ltd.

Coal Carrier ‘CORONA CITRUS’

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (hereafter called “K” Line) is proud to announce the delivery of “CORONA CITRUS,” an 88,000 DWT-type special coal carrier at Marugame Headquarters of Imabari Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. on 11 September 2019. 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 Japanese Thermal Power Stations to discharge cargo.

CORONA CITRUS is equipped with WAD (Weather Adapted Duct) in front of the propeller which promotes her propeller efficiency and Hybrid Fin behind the propeller which accelerates energy savings. She also has the latest ecological technology such as ballast water management system which protects marine ecosystems, and SOx Scrubber which eliminates sulfur oxides from exhaust gas of engine and enables her to comply with the Global regulation of SOx starting from January, 2020.

CORONA CITRUS will be principally involved in carrying thermal coal to Thermal Power Plants for Electric Power Development Co., Ltd.

Vessel’s Specifications

LOA – 229.98 M

Beam – 38.00 M

Depth – 19.90 M

Full Draft – 13.904 M

Deadweight Tons – 88,703 MT

Gross Tons – 49,888 T

Net Tons – 28,505   T

Hold / Hatch – 5/5

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“K” Line : Cooperation with “ZERO EMISSION TOKYO” ~ Donation of CO2 Reduction Credit ~

In order to cooperate with project “Zero Emission Tokyo” (note 1) which aims for not emitting CO2 that is being tackled by Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), on Sept. 6, “K” Line offered 3,628 tons of CO2 reduction credit which is based on the “Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program” (note 2) as a donation to TMG. Please see website of TMG’s Environment Bureau (note 3) for details about the project.

In our medium-term management plan, we have set ESG (Environment, Society and Government) initiatives as a key management issue. As for the field of the environment, we are advancing measures in accordance with “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow- (note 4). In particular, with regard to tasks for climate change, “CO2 emission reduction of 25% by 2030” which is set in our “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050, was approved to be scientifically consistent with the level achieving the “Paris Agreement” set binding “2℃ goal” for rise of global temperature and obtained certification (note 5).

In addition, we started activities for promoting the environmental management system “DRIVE GREEN NETWORK (DGN)” (note 6) with 14 affiliates of the “K” Line Group (Phase 1) in 2017, and we have expanded its range to cover our major overseas companies as Phase 3 during our 100th Anniversary this year.

As an environmental front runner, we will continue to work toward the goal for 2050, aiming for the realization of our marine transportation business being more environmentally low-loaded and highly efficient from which more people throughout the world can benefit.

(note 1) A vision set out by Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG): “Zero Emission Tokyo” which aims to make Tokyo a city that does NOT emit CO2 substantially in 2050 by following up 1.5℃ IPCC special report.

(note 2) A program that TMG imposes a duty to reduce CO2 emission below their own requirement for major-scale businesses (which usage of fuel, heat and electricity calculated as crude oil is more than 1,500 KL per year); giving them permission to make a deal with others by credits which reduce CO2 more than the amount of their duty.

(note 3) Website: Bureau of Environment Tokyo Metropolitan Government

http://www.kankyo.metro.tokyo.jp/en/climate/index.html

(note 4) ”K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow-:CO2 emission by 50% for 2050 as one of the goals

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/other/other2292932378768149328.html

(note 5) “K” Line’s CO2 Reduction Target Certified as “Science Based Target (SBT)”(News Release: Feb. 14, 2017)

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/news/other/other6417039574512811908.html

(note 6) DGN: “K” LINE REPORT 2018 P.38 (*2019 version is coming soon)

https://www.kline.co.jp/en/ir/library/report/main/01111/teaserItems1/00/file/KLINE%20REPORT2018E-S.pdf

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Glee presents the best of DIY products and DACHSER has the solution to get them to market

6th  September, 2019

Every year, the GLEE Exhibition hosted at the NEC in Birmingham is a great venue to showcase the very best of DIY products and services. This year’s show will be held between 10th  – 12th September. DACHSER, the global logistics operator, will present its tailored DIY logistics solutions and will be the perfect opportunity for businesses to learn more about getting their products to market quickly and reliably.

From stand no. 19L12, DACHSER’s team of logistics professionals will explain how their DIY logistics solution has grown and adapted with the industry, and the essential factors for successful product delivery to markets throughout the world, both today and in the future.

21 years ago DACHSER launched its logistics solution for the German DIY industry to offer flexible and integrated supply chain services for home and garden improvement equipment. This specialist service is now offered to both UK exporters and importers. 

DACHSER’s expertise throughout Europe has grown, along with the DIY and garden market. Its continuous development and steady growth has created a deep understanding of the needs of the industry, now reflected in the tailored solutions offered by DACHSER DIY logistics services.

The core services in the DIY logistics solution combine integrated IT solutions with transport, warehousing, value added services, as well as comprehensive customs experience, all benefiting from DACHSER’s extensive global network.

This expansion now includes DACHSER’s new facility in Rochdale in the North West of England, due to open in September 2019. The new 5,175 square metre logistics centre has been developed on a 3.7-hectare (9.2 acre) site and represents a GBP 14.4 million investment by the company.

It is evidence of DACHSER’s commitment to the UK market and the company’s optimistic view on the future of both import and export trade with the rest of Europe.

Such optimism extends to the UK’s DIY sector and for DACHSER DIY logistics there is every indication that the future will bring further growth, as visitors to the exhibition stand at GLEE will soon discover.

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American Club issues Hurricane Season Safety Briefing

Potential increased physical risks outlined together with suggested preventive measures

NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019: The American P&I Club and its Managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (SCB), have issued a circular on August 30 to their Members for them to consider all implications for ships in northern hemisphere areas that may be subject to hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones.

Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of SCB, Inc. and Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., managers of the American Club and EOM respectively, commented:

“In view of the subject’s somewhat grim topicality given the impending arrival of Hurricane Dorian on the southeast coast of the United States, your Managers believe there is merit in repeating the contents of that Alert in relation both to Dorian in particular and to such weather conditions in general, since the peak season for hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones in the northern hemisphere occurs between July and October.”

Members were referred to the circular originally distributed on September 14, 2018, that alerted vessels trading in regions affected by extreme weather events to the possibility of being exposed to additional physical risks, including:

  1. changes in currents and tides, particularly in rivers, occurring more rapidly and unpredictably than normal;
  2. increased loads on mooring lines;
  3. increased risk of contact with craft, debris and other objects which may have broken loose from moorings, or otherwise become present, in rivers and ports;
  4. increased risk of damage caused by storm surges; and
  5. increased silting of berths creating reduced under-keel clearance.

Given these risks, vessels’ masters have been advised to exercise elevated alertness, and be prepared to deploy preventive measures, including:

  1. increasing the number of mooring lines deployed up river. If the leads from the vessel are suitable, additional breast lines should be used to keep the vessel against the berth;
  2. ensuring brake settings are correct, and ensuring that crew members monitor ropes during ebb tides, and when other vessels pass downstream;
  3. maintaining engines in a ready state to be used immediately if required;
  4. ensuring that cargo cranes are centerlined, two blocked and secured;
  5. ensuring that cargo ramps are stowed away from potential storm surges, and closely monitored;
  6. monitoring by vessel personnel of pier sides to obviate the possibility of the vessel causing damage to piers, and to check whether pier bollards are capable of handling the higher stresses on mooring lines;
  7. where possible, the taking of photographic evidence of the condition of a berth before and after storm periods;
  8. seeking advice from river and mooring pilots about any particular risk factors relevant to the characteristics of the berth to be used by the vessel, and the characteristics of local river transit;
  9. corresponding with local agents to provide details of last soundings at berths to give owners/managers/masters advance information on local conditions.

Notes to Editors

The American Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the entire Americas and its headquarters are in New York, USA.

The American Club has been successful in recent years in building on its US heritage to create a truly international insurer with a global reach second-to-none in the industry. Day to day management of the American Club is provided by Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. also headquartered in New York.

The Club is able to provide local service for its members across all time zones, communicating in eleven languages, and has subsidiary offices located in London, Piraeus, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Houston, plus a worldwide network of correspondents.

The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping.

For more information, please visit the Club’s website http://www.american-club.com/

P&I Insurance

Protection and Indemnity insurance (commonly referred to as “P&I”) provides cover to shipowners and charterers against third-party liabilities encountered in their commercial operations; typical exposures include damage to cargo, pollution, death/injury or illness of passengers or crew or damage to docks and other installations.

Running in parallel with a ship’s hull and machinery cover, traditional P&I cover distinguishes itself from usual forms of marine insurance by being based on the not-for-profit principle of mutuality where Members of the Club are both the insurers and the assureds.


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American P&I Club Managers announce appointments enhancing the experience and capabilities of their Global Services Teams

One appointment in the London office and two in Hong Kong

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NEW YORK, NY, AUGUST 28, 2019: In a circular to Members of the American P&I Club, its Managers, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. (SCB), have today announced that Arsinoi Iliokaftou has been appointed Claims Executive in London, to add further strength to its existing capabilities in the claims liaison sphere, whilst in the Managers’ Hong Kong office, Vicky Cheng and Joe Wan have been appointed as Business Development Executives – Asia to assist in the Club’s and Eagle Ocean Marine (EOM)’s initiatives in this key region of their global activity.

Arsinoi Iliokaftou is a fully-qualified Greek lawyer, as well as holding a master’s degree in maritime law from the City University in London, and is in the process of qualifying as an English solicitor; she is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers of the United Kingdom. Prior to joining the management team, Arsinoi worked for several years in the London office of another Group club. In addition to her academic and professional qualifications, Arsinoi has extensive practical experience of claims matters of all kinds from every part of the world.

Having gained under- and post-graduate degrees at Shanghai Maritime University, Fudan University, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in disciplines ranging from international economics to trade policy and transport logistics, Vicky Cheng served most recently as client manager in the marine department of a major international insurance broker in Hong Kong. Her technical knowledge of the shipping business, coupled with her marine insurance experience, will lend impetus to the Club’s and EOM’s outreach to Members, Insureds, brokers and prospects throughout Asia.

Holding bachelor and master’s degrees in law from the East China University of Political Science and Law and the City University of Hong Kong, Joe Wan also has significant marine insurance experience derived from his previous employment at a leading specialist broker in Hong Kong during which he handled many lines of marine business. As in the case of his colleague Vicky, Joe’s appointment will add considerable strength to the Club’s and EOM’s commercial and developmental capabilities over the months and years ahead.

Joe Hughes, Chairman and CEO of SCB, Inc. and Eagle Ocean Agencies, Inc., managers of the American Club and EOM respectively, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome a group of outstanding professionals to both the American Club’s and EOM’s global teams. My colleagues and I are certain that Arsinoi, Vicky and Joe will add great momentum to the Club’s and Eagle Ocean Marine’s continuing success in growing its market footprint throughout the world, adding value as they do so to the Club’s and EOM’s commitment to service to its Members, insureds and their intermediaries.”

Notes to Editors

The American Club

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club) was established in New York in 1917. It is the only mutual Protection and Indemnity Club domiciled in the entire Americas and its headquarters are in New York, USA.

The American Club has been successful in recent years in building on its US heritage to create a truly international insurer with a global reach second-to-none in the industry. Day to day management of the American Club is provided by Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. also headquartered in New York.

The Club is able to provide local service for its members across all time zones, communicating in eleven languages, and has subsidiary offices located in London, Piraeus, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Houston, plus a worldwide network of correspondents.

The Club is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs, a collective of thirteen mutuals which together provide Protection and Indemnity insurance for some 90% of all world shipping.

For more information, please visit the Club’s website http://www.american-club.com/

P&I Insurance

Protection and Indemnity insurance (commonly referred to as “P&I”) provides cover to shipowners and charterers against third-party liabilities encountered in their commercial operations; typical exposures include damage to cargo, pollution, death/injury or illness of passengers or crew or damage to docks and other installations. Running in parallel with a ship’s hull and machinery cover, traditional P&I cover distinguishes itself from usual forms of marine insurance by being based on the not-for-profit principle of mutuality where Members of the Club are both the insurers and the assureds.


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Sustainable footwear company Allbirds selects GEODIS to support its European E-Commerce expansion

Global supply chain operator GEODIS has been chosen by Allbirds to service sales through its newly launched e-commerce website, www.allbirds.eu which caters to 12 European markets, including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Scandinavia. GEODIS Netherlands will manage all of Allbirds’s warehouse activities for these new markets from its central e-fulfillment hub in Venlo. San Francisco-based Allbirds, known for their sustainable trainers made from natural materials, have also announced the opening of a physical retail store in Berlin, coming later in the year. With the partnership GEODIS will significantly support Allbirds’s European expansion and strengthen its position in fulfillment of retail e-commerce.

The e-commerce business will partly consist of single product orders. Aligning with Allbirds’s mission to tread lightly on the planet, GEODIS aims for maximum efficiency and minimal warehouse movements. It has introduced a new efficient order-picking process for single-piece flow, which means that in just one pick run, all single piece orders will be selected in bulk. The products will then be labelled customer specific at the packing stations. GEODIS will also control inbound quality and is implementing an innovative new app that uses images of the shoes to identify faults and which allows the auditor to send pictures of products that don’t meet Allbirds’s high standard.

Mark van den Assem, Managing Director of GEODIS Netherlands, said: “We are very proud that Allbirds has chosen GEODIS as its warehouse partner. We believe that our knowledge of e-fulfillment and innovative warehouse solutions will contribute significantly to Allbirds’s success in the European market.”

ENDS

GEODIS – www.geodis.com 

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide.

In 2017, GEODIS accounted for over 40,500 employees globally and generated €8.1 billion in sales. In 2018, the Company has recently been recognized as leader by Gartner in its 3PL Magic Quadrant.

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GEODIS appoints new Industrial Projects Director for Germany

AUGUST 14, 2019

HAMBURG/GERMANY

Peter Anetsberger, Industrial Projects Director, GEODIS Freight Forwarding in Germany

GEODIS announced the appointment of Peter Anetsberger as Industrial Projects Director for GEODIS Freight Forwarding in Germany. Starting from July 1, 2019, he is heading Industrial Projects unit and overlooking its overall business growth.

Since 1 July, Peter Anetsberger has held the position of Director of Industrial Projects, a business division with significant growth potential. He reports to Antje Lochmann, Managing Director of the Freight Forwarding division of GEODIS in Germany: “Peter Anetsberger is one of our most experienced specialists. With his great commitment, he will further develop the German team in order to make a significant contribution to the further success of the company. As a key element in the product portfolio of GEODIS in Germany, Industrial Projects is in the strategic focus of the company.”

Peter Anetsberger has more than 35 years of work experience gained in various executive positions in Germany, Turkey, and Middle East. He began his career at GEODIS in 2007 in Freight Forwarding Air / Ocean & Overland Determent where he was responsible for the development and management of large-scale projects. Following his dedication and expertise, Peter has taken the role of Director of Business Development Europe in the Capital Projects / Industrial Projects division since 2018.

GEODIS – www.geodis.com

GEODIS is a top-rated, global supply chain operator recognized for its passion and 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, #4 in Europe and #7 worldwide. In 2018, GEODIS accounted for over 41,000 employees globally and generated €8.2 billion in sales.

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Dachser is building in Neumünster

(l-r)  Jan-Ferdinand Lühmann, Operations Manager European Logistics Dachser Neumünster; Paul Bartram, Bartram Bau-Systeme; Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany bei Dachser and Dr, Olaf Tauras, Mayor of Neumünster.

Neumünster/Kempten, August 7, 2019. The logistics provider Dachser is starting the construction of a new branch in Neumünster in the far north of Germany. Dachser is building a transit terminal for industrial goods and food at Isarstrasse on the industrial estate south of Neumünster. This investment is worth some EUR 17.4 million. Construction is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2020. Around 30 employees will work in the new logistics center.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on the grounds at Isarstrasse and attended by Dr. Olaf Tauras, Mayor of Neumünster, and Alexander Tonn, Managing Director European Logistics Germany, on August 7, 2019. Tonn is responsible for the German branches of the European Logistics business line (overland transport and contract logistics for industrial goods).

Construction work on the 57,000-square-meter plot of land will start at the beginning of September. The total area of the terminal is 6,700 square meters. Of this floor space, 5,000 square meters will handle industrial goods, with the remaining 1,700 square meters cooled and devoted to food transit. The facility will have 76 docking bays for the loading and unloading of trucks. An office building of 1,000 square meters will complement the terminal.

“Neumünster will become another key terminal for Dachser in the far north of Germany. This new location will connect directly into our extensive European overland transport network,” Tonn says, adding that “the new construction complies with the latest standards and offers secure and sustainable jobs in logistics within the region.”

Dachser’s new terminal in Neumünster will replace its long-standing partner, 17111 Transit Transport & Logistik. In the future, this site will serve almost the whole of Schleswig-Holstein, but for now the collaboration will continue until the Dachser branch has been completed. The new location has good transport connections, situated directly on the B205 highway with direct access to the A7 highway.

About Dachser:

A family-owned company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, Dachser offers transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in two business fields: Dachser Air & Sea Logistics and Dachser Road Logistics. The latter consists of 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 ensure intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

Thanks to some 30,600 employees at 399 locations all over the globe, Dachser generated consolidated net revenue of approximately EUR 5.6 billion in 2018. That same year, the logistics provider handled a total of 83.7 million shipments weighing 41.3 million metric tons. Country organizations represent Dachser in 44 countries.

For more information about Dachser, please visit www.dachser.com

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TT Club Supportive of Container Line Moves to Punish ‘Mis-declarers’

London, 8th August, 2019 A number of container lines have recently announced measures to discourage shippers from mis-declaring hazardous cargoes, which is a practice strongly suspected as being either the cause of, or at least contributory to, the spate of container ship fires in recent months.

TT Club welcomes such initiatives by liner operators as the international transport insurer has growing concerns about the lax cargo packing practices and erroneous, sometimes fraudulent, declaration of cargoes. Under the banners ‘Cargo Integrity’ and #Fit4Freight, TT Club has been collaborating with stakeholders through the freight supply chain to highlight on-going risks, including severe ship fires, arising from poorly packed and declared cargo.

In light of the increase in incidents, the loss of life, significant costs and delays to cargo deliveries, the lines are strengthening their inspection procedures and imposing fines on those shippers found to have mis-declared.

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s Risk Management Director commented, “Clearly, the shipper has primary responsibility to declare fully and honestly so that carriers are able to take appropriate actions to achieve safe transport. Since this is not always the case, carriers have to put in place increasingly sophisticated and costly control mechanisms to ‘know their customers’, screen booking information and physically inspect shipments. Equally, carriers have the opportunity to review any barriers to accurate shipment declaration, including minimising any unnecessary restrictions and surcharges. Penalising shippers where deficiencies are found should be applauded. Furthermore, government enforcement agencies are encouraged to take appropriate action under national or international regulations to deter poor practices further.”

TT Club’s Cargo Integrity campaign seeks not only to promote awareness of good practice, such as set out in the CTU Code[1], but also to reveal the plethora of influences from both direct and indirect stakeholders within the supply chain that result in behaviours leading to dangerous incidents on land or at sea.

“A key element of the campaign is to identify levers – both sticks and carrots – that are available to improve a safety culture in container transport, including considering unintended consequences inherent in trading arrangements or fiscal/security interventions and the possibilities presented by technological innovation,” .

[1] http://www.unece.org/trans/wp24/guidelinespackingctus/intro.html

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About TT Club

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

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