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“K” Line Group Introduces New Total Auto-Logistics Business in Chile


171116 Total Auto-Logistics Business in Chile

KAR Logistics S.A. (hereinafter shown as KAR*), Joint Venture Company between “K” Line and Agencias Universales S.A.(AGUNSA), which handles Total Logistics Services in Chile and  Latin America countries, has started Auto-Logistics service in Santiago, Chile from Aug, 2016.

Customer requirements for services related to automobiles in Chile and Latin America countries around Chile that are showing continuous growth of vehicle sales and import have been on the increase. With the combined know-how of the two joint venture companies, KAR provides the required value-added service that can successfully satisfy the logistics needs for vehicle.

KAR inaugurated a facility dedicated for vehicle logistics at Noviciado, close to the capital Santiago. And KAR also runs its own fleet of GPS-equipped car transporters. With the facility and equipment, it offers an integrated logistic service for vehicle as well as transportation, storage, accessorizing, and pre-delivery inspection.

“K” Line Group places “Logistics Business” as a stable profit-making sector in its  “Medium-Term Management Plan,” and by following this strategy, “K” Line is further enhancing its Automobile Logistics Business that is already in operation in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, India, Australia, Brazil and Vietnam. “K” Line will continue to make every effort and do its best for achieving maximum customer satisfaction in Vietnam by utilizing its many years of experience and know-how in sea transportation by Pure Car Carrier vessels.

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Delivery of 311,000 DWT-type VLCC “KISOGAWA”

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., Tokyo, (hereafter called “K” Line) is proud to announce the delivery of “KISOGAWA,” a 311,000 DWT-type VLCC at Nantong Cosco KHI Ship Engineering CVLCC “KISOGAWAo., Ltd (hereafter called NACKS), China on November 15, 2017.

Main Particulars


LOA   :   339.50 m

DWT  :   312,020 MT

Beam  :   60.00   m

Gross Ton   :   161,486 T

Depth   :   28.90   m

Tank Capacity   :  350,337 ㎥

Draft   :  21.00   m

Flag  :  Republic of Panama

Class   :  ABS


  1. The vessel achieves low fuel consumption (about 20% reduction compared with our conventional VLCC) by removing Bulbus Bow, applying ultra-long stroke slow speed main diesel engine and highly-efficient large diameter propeller.
  1. A ballast water management system ensures ocean habitat is protected from unwanted environmental effects.

“K” Line is committed to continue providing the most reliable and stable service possible to our valued customers with the highest standard of safety.


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Cold Storage Warehouse in Vietnam Acquires “ISO22000 Certification”

We are pleased to announce that “CLK COLD STORAGE COMPANY LIMITED,” an affiliated company of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) that operates a Cold Storage Warehouse in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has acquired ”ISO22000:2005 Certification,” an international standard for food safety management systems.171114 Cold Storage Warehouse in Vietnam

“CLK COLD STORAGE COMPANY LIMITED” was established jointly by “K” Line, Cool Japan Fund Inc. (“Cool Japan”) and Japan Logistics Systems Corp. (“Japan Logistics Systems”), and started operation in July 2016 as the first warehouse to provide four temperature zones (Freeze, Chilled, Low temperature, Constant temperature) in Vietnam.  Cold Storage Warehouse’s certification by ISO22000 is one of very few in Vietnam and it is a pioneering case as a Japanese logistics company.

Through acquisition of this certification, we will strive to further develop Cold Chain in Vietnam by offering Japanese-style, high-quality, high-value-added logistics services, paying close attention to “food safety,” and continue strengthening our logistics business which we positioned as an important task under our medium-term management plan.


2. Address Lot B2, Tan Dong Hiep B Industrial Park, Tan Dong Hiep Ward, Di An Town, Binh Duong Province, Vietnam
3. Certification Standard ISO22000:2005
4. Date of Certification October 19, 2017
5. Certification Number 760029
6. Category of Certification Provision of Transport and Storage Services for Perishable Food and Feed
7. Certification Body Guardian Independent Certification Ltd (GIC)
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“K” Line Awarded “Climate A List ”by CDP, an International Non-profit Organization

~Receives Top Assessment of “A Rank” for Second Consecutive Year


Yukio Toriyama, Managing Executive Officer, speaking at the debriefing session.

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has been selected for the highest evaluation on the “Climate A List” at CDP’s debriefing session held in Tokyo on October 24th by CDP, the international non-profit organization (NGO) which carries out activities to achieve sustainable economies. The “Climate A List” is given to companies that have been identified as global leaders for their corporate response to combat climate change.

In response to the questionnaire sent from CDP on behalf of 803 institutional investors with assets of over US$100 trillion in total this year, among the companies that disclosed their own information relevant to climate change, 112 companies accounting for the top 5%, which were evaluated as particularly excellent in climate change measures such as emission reduction activities in the reporting year, have been awarded “CDP Climate A List,” including 13 Japanese companies.

In our Medium-term Management Plan, we define the ESG (Environment, Social & Governance) initiatives as a key management issue. With respect of the environment, we are pursuing measures in line with “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow” (Note 1) that is our long-term environmental vision formulated in 2015, with efforts such as the delivery of “DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY” (Note 2), next-generation environmentally-friendly flagship that was awarded “Ship of the Year 2016.” Achievement of our CO2 reduction targets ahead of schedule (Note 3), etc. have also brought fruit, and we have again been awarded the A list, being selected for the second consecutive year.

As an environmental front runner, we will continue to aim for the realization of being a business that enables a greater number of people around the world to enjoy the advantage of marine transportation characterized by a lower environmental load and higher efficiency.



(Note1) “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow:

Please refer to this link

(Note 2) “DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY”: Please refer to this link

(Note 3) “The achievement of our CO2 emission reduction targets ahead of schedule”: Please refer to this link



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New LNG Carrier for Ichthys LNG Project Named “OCEANIC BREEZE”

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) held a naming ceremony for a newly-built liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier at Nagasaki Shipyard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI).

171024 Naming Ceremony OCEANIC BREEZE

The new vessel was given her name “OCEANIC BREEZE” by Mr. Toshiaki Kitamura, President of INPEX Corporation (INPEX).

Designed by MHI, the vessel has adopted “SAYAENDO” which features a continuous cover integrated with the vessel’s hull that makes a reduction in weight and air resistance which accomplishes low fuel consumption while successfully achieving environmentally-friendly conditions.

“OCEANIC BREEZE” will be time-chartered by INPEX Shipping Co., Ltd., a fully owned subsidiary of INPEX, and will be carrying LNG from the Ichthys LNG Project in Darwin, Australia to Naoetsu, Niigata after her delivery.


[Main Particulars of the vessel]

Owner Oceanic Breeze LNG Transport S.A.
Shipyard Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

(Nagasaki Shipyard)

LOA abt. 288m
Beam abt. 49m
Tank Type / Tank Capacity Moss / abt.155,300m3
Propulsion System Ultra Steam Turbine


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Installation of “KAWASAKI Integrated Maritime Solutions Navigating System” to operated/managed vessels

October 10, 2017

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.


~ Improve safety, economy and environmental friendly ~

We decided to install “Optimum Weather Routing System” developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as KHI) to operated/managed vessels in our fleet.

This system provides the minimum fuel consumption route in consideration of the safety navigation, hence we are planning to install the system in about 120 vessels by 2021, as part of the system which is the KAWASAKI Integrated Maritime Solution “K-IMS” (*1) that we developed in collaboration with KHI group.

Upon the development of the system, we cooperated as onboard testing for various types of vessels, and sharing our experience and knowledge about a ship operation in evaluating the optimum route validity. As the result of onboard testing, the estimated value of rolling, pitching and fuel consumption on the route selected by the system matched with in-service results with high accuracy that led us to the decision of installing the system to vessels in our fleet officially.

By installing the system, beside the safety of ship operation will improve, it leads to economical and environmentally friendly operation by energy saving.

We will keep moving forward in achieving our vision of contributing to the society by safe and high quality service with various advanced technologies.


(*1) KAWASAKI Integrated Maritime Solutions “K-IMS”

(Applying for a registered trademark by KHI, The application number; 2017-112264):

The ship ICT system which uses ship-shore intercommunication system and has functions of operation management of ships, condition monitoring of engine plant, and ship performance analysis from the office.

Please see the link below for more information –

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“K” Line Donate towards restoration of World’s Oldest Railway Station

Donation for Restoration of World’s Oldest Railway Station - Mainly from Participation Cost of Guided Vessel Tour -

170928 Heighington Railway Station

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) recently gave a donation to Newton Aycliff plant of Hitachi Rail Europe, Ltd (HRE) for the restoration work of Heighington Station, County Durham in the UK – the world’s oldest railway station. The amount of the donation totalled 450,000 Yen and was made in conjunction with Hitachi Transport System Ltd. (HTS), Tokuyama Central Rotary Club, Boy Scout Federation of Yamaguchi Prefecture and Kudamatsu Shogyo Kaihatsu Ltd. (KSK)


To raise funds, “K” Line arranged a guided tour of M/V GLOBAL HIGHWAY, one of their largest RORO vessels, held at Tokuyama/Kudamatsu Port in Japan on March 20, 2017, and invited citizens of Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. A total of 209 people, mainly elementary school children and members of the Boy Scout Federation and Rotary Club, participated in the tour. The donation of 450,000 Yen consisted of participation cost collected from each participant on the tour, plus donations from three private companies, namely “K” LINE, HTS and KSK, as sponsors of the event.


Kasado Works of Railway Systems Business Unit of Hitachi, Ltd. in Kudamatsu City, is a manufacturing plant of high-speed rail cars.  The rail cars are exported to the UK on one of “K” Line’s large RORO vessels which calls at Tokuyama/Kudamatsu Port once a month to transport the rail cars. The RORO vessels have drawn great interest from citizens of Kudamatsu City due to their huge size and brilliant design.   Several tours have been held on board these vessels showing how the rail cars are loaded on to the vessels at the local port.  It is felt that these types of event contribute to the local community and they have been well supported.


Heighington Railway Station lies on the route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world’s first passenger railway line. The station’s historical claim to fame is that the first train on that line, the Locomotion No.1, was assembled here in 1825 before starting on its first journey. The station is located very close to Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe rail vehicle manufacturing facility. Employees from the facility are volunteering to help with the restoration project of the station, which is old and in need of repair.  “K” Line decided to support this meaningful project because it connects the past to the present with the rail cars that they are now transporting.

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Publication of the “K” LINE REPORT 2017

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) is pleased to announce publication of “K” LINE REPORT 2017

The purpose of the report is to provide all “K” Line stakeholders with a better understanding of the Group’s basic policies and activities for improving our corporate values as well as providing both financial and non-financial information.

This report is composed of the following contents.

“K” LINE Group Value Creation  

We describe “Value Creation Model” which leverages our strength while explaining our group’s philosophy, vision, and history.  “Message from the President” provides our quest to improve corporate value.


Value Creation Initiatives  

We explain overview of both financial and non-financial information and outline of each business as a basis for Value Creation.


Foundation of Value Creation We explain ESG Initiatives which we have positioned as one of the priorities under our new medium-term management plan. In “Chairman and Outside Board Members Roundtable Discussion,”  honest impressions of “K” LINE and role of Outside Board Members are presented.


The “K” LINE REPORT 2017 is available on “K” Line’s website at or

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“K” Line Continues to be Selected as an Index Component Participant of the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has been selected again as an Asia Pacific Index component company of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), one of the leading global indices on Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)(*1). It has been “K” Line’s good fortune to have been selected for 7 consecutive years since 2011.

DJSI is the world’s leading SRI Index jointly operated by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC of the United States and Robeco SAM AG of Switzerland, which only includes the top-ranked companies among all large worldwide companies as a result of its evaluation of their sustainability performance in terms of social, environmental and economic criteria. Launched in 1999, DSJI is one of the first global sustainability benchmarks for investors which integrate sustainability consideration into their portfolios.

“K” Line group always strives to contribute to the realization of an even better society as well as continuously increasing its corporate value.

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

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“K” Line Group Collaborating for Japan’s First LNG-fueled Ferry

Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line Kinkai) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) have agreed to work on joint study for “K” Line Kinkai’s newbuilding passenger ferry being fueled by LNG, whose study includes specifications, engine types and any related technical verifications for LNG handling.

“K” Line Kinkai has been studying introduction of a ferry fueled by LNG, an environmentally-friendly energy that could almost completely eliminates SOx emissions and also minimizes NOx and CO2 emissions to certain level, and the recent collaboration with “K” Line will accelerate this study in order to introduce Japan’s first passenger LNG-fueled ferry. “K” Line Group has also been studying introduction of various types of LNG-fueled vessels, including car carrier and tugboat as well as LNG supply business.

“K” Line Group is promoting environmental measures based on “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 (Note 1) that is the Group’s long-term environment management vision toward 2050. Having more than 40 years of experience in operation and management of liquefied gas carriers, we will continue to aim with collective effort of “K” Line Group for the realization of being a business that enables a greater number of people around the world to enjoy the advantage of marine transportation characterized by a lower environmental load and higher efficiency by means of marine fuels such as LNG and LPG that are more environmentally friendly.

Note 1

“K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Navigating for Sustainability Leading to a Brighter Future:

Please refer to this link :

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