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“K” Line : Naming Ceremony Held for Japan’s First LNG Bunkering Vessel

On September 16, a naming ceremony was held at the Sakaide Works of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. for Japan’s first LNG bunkering vessel (“LBV”).

The ceremony was attended by Masashi Asakura, Chief Officer for Production Group of Toyota Motor Corporation (head office: Toyota city, Aichi prefecture; President: Akio Toyoda); Masahiro Kato, Deputy Director-General for Engineering Affairs, Ports and Harbors Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; and a number of related parties.

LBV was named “Kaguya” by Yukikazu Myochin, President of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K-Line”), and Hitoshi Nagasawa, President of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (“NYK”), and the ceremonial rope holding LBV in place was cut by Sunao Nakamura, Managing Executive Officer of JERA Co., Inc. (“JERA”) , and Toshiro Hidaka, CEO for Machinery, Energy & Project Division of Toyota Tsusho Corporation (“Toyota Tsusho”).

LBV’s name, Kaguya, derives from Princess Kaguya in “The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,” which is said to be Japan’s oldest story and is still loved by many people today. The name also expresses our desire to grow the LNG bunkering market as long and high as a bamboo tree.

Kaguya is the first LNG bunkering vessel to be operated in Japan. Kaguya will be operated by Central LNG Marine Fuel Japan Corporation and will be based at JERA’s Kawagoe Thermal Power Station. Kaguya will begin supplying LNG fuel* to ships in the Chubu region in October or later this year using Ship-to-Ship bunkering.**

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed on a goal to reduce GHG emissions from shipping by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008, and the delivery of LNG-fueled ships is expected in the future. After the start of operation, Kaguya will supply LNG to Sakura Leader, which is the first large LNG-fueled PCTC (pure car and truck carrier) operated by NYK, and to a new car carrier to be delivered by K-Line this fiscal year, as well as to other LNG-fueled vessels.

The expertise and strengths of each company — including K-Line’s technological expertise accumulated through its long-term LNG carrier operations, JERA’s operational and technical capabilities at its large-scale terminals, Toyota Tsusho’s global sales network for marine fuel, and NYK’s experience in the world’s first LNG fuel supply and sales business — will be utilized to provide LNG bunkering in Japan’s Chubu region and expand our marketing services to promote the use of LNG as a fuel for ships, thereby contributing to a reduction of our environmental impact.

“K” Line Press Release: Launch of Kobe/Kansai Hydrogen Utilization Council

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director, President and CEO: Yukikazu Myochin, hereinafter ‘“K”LINE’) is pleased to announce that “K”LINE has participated in the “Kobe/Kansai Hydrogen Utilization Council” founded together with the companies involved in various hydrogen-related projects with the goal of the implementation of a hydrogen society as well as development of hydrogen supply-chain in the Kobe/Kansai area.

Kansai area is one of the most advanced area in the world where various world’s leading projects concerning hydrogen supply and utilization are currently underway including the hydrogen supply chain pilot project with the effective utilization of brown coal in Australia conducted by CO₂-free Hydrogen Energy Supply-chain Technology Research Association (“HySTRA”), demonstration project of hydrogen cogeneration system (“Hydrogen CGS”) at Kobe Port Island, and investigation on the possibilities for the introduction of hydrogen-fueled power generation.

In order to accelerate these efforts to achieve a hydrogen society as well as “Basic Hydrogen Strategy” and “Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells” published by the Japanese government, the companies promoting hydrogen-related business have joined and founded the Council. The member will conduct feasibility study in pursuit of the large-scale utilization of hydrogen in 2030’s by way of unifying experience acquired through existing projects and business resources owned by companies operating in Kobe/Kansai area. The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (“NEDO”), and Kobe City which is participating in Hydrogen CGS will support the activity of the Council as observers.

In pursuit of our goal, placing the roadmap to implement large-scale commercialized utilization of hydrogen in 2030 as well as formulating a concrete scheme for the verification of commercial utilization of hydrogen in 2025, the Council’s activities will include:

  • Consideration on business models of hydrogen utilization in Kansai area through combined study from supply and demand sides to develop large-scale hydrogen supply chain.
  • Building a road map for the implementation of hydrogen utilization business models in the Kansai area.
  • Policy proposal to the national and local governments, by identifying issues towards the implementation of a hydrogen society.

“K”LINE Group have been promoting its efforts towards the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with its long-term guideline concerning environment “K”LINE Environmental Vision 2050 -Blue Sea for the Future-”. “K”LINE will devote its utmost effort to contribute in realization of carbon-free society through the activities of the Council to implement CO2-free hydrogen in society in 2030, besides our participation in HySTRA in 2019.

Founding Member (Alphabetical order)

Electric Power Development Co., Ltd., ENEOS Corporation, Iwatani Corporation (*), The Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc., Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE), Kobe Steel, Ltd., Marubeni Corporation (*), Mitsubishi Power, Ltd., Obayashi Corporation, and Shell Japan Limited.

(* Lead)

World’s First Small-scale CO2 Capture Plant on Vessel ~ “CC-Ocean” (Carbon Capture on the Ocean) Project ~

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) announces it will deploy a small-scale, marine-use demonstration plant for CO2 capture onboard a vessel and conduct research and development on compact facility design, in collaboration with project partners Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (“Mitsubishi Shipbuilding”) and non-profit organization Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (“ClassNK”).

Small-scale CO2 Capture demonstration Plant

The project is supported by the Maritime Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (“MLIT”) as part of its programs to support research and development for advancing marine resources technologies. With the support of MLIT, “K” Line will collaborate with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and ClassNK to install a small-scale CO2 capture demonstration plant onboard its vessel, conduct test operations of the plant, and measure its performance.

The marine-use CO2 capture demonstration plant will be based on an onshore plant and designed to capture a portion of a vessel’s gas emissions. This project will not only verify the efficacy of capturing and storing CO2 from a vessel’s gas emissions, but also the operability and safety of CO2 capture facilities at sea. These demonstration tests are aimed at promoting the development of more compact equipment required by marine environments along with the development of system requirements necessary for stable continuous operation at sea.

The two-year project will begin in August 2020 with the launch of a HAZID (hazard identification) evaluation of the demonstration plant and deployment on vessels, with verification from ClassNK. Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will begin development and construction of a small-scale CO2 capture demonstration plant and evaluation of system safety. In the middle of 2021, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding will begin test operation of the demonstration plant at its factory, followed by deployment of the plant on “K” Line’s CORONA UTILITY, a thermal coal carrier operated for Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. By the end of fiscal 2021, the project partners will start operating the demonstration plant on-board the vessel and measuring the system’s performance under marine conditions, with the aim of jointly developing a new marine system for vessels.

As the world’s first marine demonstration test, the project will provide invaluable insights into facilities design and technologies for capturing CO2 emissions and achieving zero emissions onboard vessels. Additionally, the captured CO2 is expected to be recycled as a new CO2 source for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) processes or as raw material in synthetic fuel through methanation. In this way, the project will significantly contribute to the long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Through “CC-Ocean” and other projects, “K” Line is committed to the research, development and deployment of cutting-edge environmental technologies. Through these projects, “K” Line will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, achieve its Environmental Vision 2050, and work on activities for social contribution.

About logo “CC-Ocean”

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a emission reduction process by capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the use of fossil fuels to prevent carbon dioxide (CO2) from being released into the atmosphere.  The design of the logo is from initials of Carbon Capture on the Ocean and represents capturing molecular of carbon dioxide inside.

Construction of Next-Generation Environmentally-Friendly Car Carrier Fueled by LNG (3rd report) – Launched

On July 31 2020, the LNG fueled car carrier which is under construction at Tadotsu Shipyard Co.Ltd. (Imabari Shipbuilding Group) was launched safely.

Construction is currently on going with an estimated delivery within the 2020 fiscal year.

Compliance with MARPOL (*) Annex VI NOx Tier III

(*The International Convention for Prevention of Marine Pollution)

The main engine on this vessel is a dual-fuel diesel engine ME-GI with exhaust gas recirculation system (EGR) to apply with NOx Tier III.

Regulation of NOx Tier III requires 80% reduction of NOx against that of Tier I.

Auxiliary engines are also dual-fuel diesel engines which conform to NOx Tier III in gas mode. The auxiliary engine with a Selective Catalytic Reduction System (SCR) is designed to meet NOx tier III requirements even in diesel mode, offering flexibility in the choice of fuel.


November 28, 2019, Construction of Next-Generation Environmental-Friendly Car Carrier Fueled by LNG

May 20, 2020, Construction of Next-Generation Environmental-Friendly Car Carrier Fueled by LNG (2nd report) – Installed LNG fuel tank

  • “K” Line Group, as a participant in the United Nations Global Compact, is promoting activities that contribute to SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), and this project is a part of its ongoing activities.

Change of responsibility of an Executive Officer

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

To read this press release in its entirety, please visit “K” Line website where it is available in English and Japanese.

“K” Line Press Release : Announcement of Financial Highlights for 1st Quarter FY2020

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

Please click the following addresses to read the reports.

・Financial Highlights for 1st quarter FY2020

・Notice on Prospects for Fiscal Year 2020

It is also available on “K” Line’s Website both in English and Japanese.

“K”Line Selected for FTSE4Good Index Series and FTSE Blossom Japan Index

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has been selected again as a constituent of the “FTSE4Good Index Series”, one of the leading global indices for ESG investing (*1), for the 18th consecutive year since its initial inclusion in 2003, and “FTSE Blossom Japan Index” for four years in a row since the index was launched in 2017.

FTSE4Good Index Series is an index developed by FTSE Russell, wholly owned subsidiary of London Stock Exchange Group, whose constituents are selected by measuring their performance in terms of management and information disclosure utilizing globally-recognized Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards (1,075 companies selected world-wide, including 192 Japanese companies). FTSE Blossom Japan Index reflects the performance of Japanese companies that demonstrate strong ESG practices (180 companies selected out of 507 constituents of FTSE Japan Index). This index has been adopted as a benchmark of ESG investing by Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) in Japan.  

We have defined ESG initiatives as one of the important management issues, and signed the United Nations Global Compact (*2) in April this year. We will continue striving to contribute to sustainable progress of the society through our business activities, as well as to improve our corporate value.

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

(*2) The United Nations Global Compact is a voluntary initiative in which companies and organizations act as good members of society and participate in the creation of a global framework for sustainable growth by demonstrating responsible and creative leadership.


“K” Line to participate in the United Nations Global Compact (dated April 22, 2020)

“K” Line formulated the revised edition of “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050 – Blue Seas for the Future –

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has thoroughly revised the long-term guideline concerning environment, “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050 – Blue Seas for the Future -, in order to strengthen the initiatives toward global environmental preservation such as reduction of GHG (Greenhouse Gas).

Since “K” Line formulated “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050 in 2015, which set forth our long-term goals for 2050 as a frontrunner, we have engaged in reduction of environmental load, research and introduction of advanced technology by using this vision as a guideline. While we achieved most of the 2019 interim milestones including CO2 reduction and introduction of environmental flagship set in this vision, we saw dramatic changes in environment and its requirement from society/stakeholder how to deal with environmental preservation. Therefore, we came to a decision to revise the vision this time.

Revised edition is based on the results of scenario analysis, recommended by TCFD, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and rearranged the targets into two main factors, “Decarbonization” and ”Aim for zero environmental impact”, and set the new milestone goals for 2030.

Especially on “Decarbonization”, as 2030 interim milestones, “K” Line is aiming the improvement of CO2 emission efficiency by 50% compared with 2008, which surpasses the 2030 target set by IMO, International Maritime Organization, “improvement of CO2 emission efficiency by 40% over 2008”. “K” Line will continue to research and develop best solution including new technologies toward goal for GHG zero emission.

As an environmental front runner, we will continue to aim at providing more environmentally low-loaded and highly efficient services for more people throughout the world.

Please refer to this link for “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050.


This unprecedented and difficult times have brought a lot of challenges to many of our seafarers: lockdowns, travel restrictions, difficulties on crew changeovers and restrictions on shore leaves are among others. 

But despite of this challenging situation, our seafarers are staying strong to maintain the supply chain moving, to keep the global economy running and to support the lives of people all across the globe. 

To give honor and gratitude to all seafarers’ hardships and sacrifices, we have created a video message to remind them that they are not alone in this fight; that they are not forgotten; that we are all in this together.

The video is published on K-Line’s official YouTube channel as per link below. Please take a look and feel free to write your message on the comments section to express your support and appreciation to all our seafarers.


We will continue to exert our utmost efforts to smoothly conduct crew replacements in cooperation with relevant organizations.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Strong.

Thank you Seafarers!

“K”Line Holds Environmental Awards 2020 Ceremony

“K”Line Group Environmental Awards 2020 Ceremony held on June 5, 2020.

The awards were established to honor and give recognition to outstanding environmental-preservation-contributive activities undertaken by both executives and employees working throughout the “K”Line Group according to the direction developed in “K”Line Environmental Vision 2050. This year marks the 6th awards since establishment of the awards in 2015, and we also have accepted many entries from our group companies both in Japan and overseas. Activities of seven companies — one “Grand Award” and six  “Excellence Award” —  have been selected from such standpoints as “originality,” “challenge level,” “degree of contribution,” “continuity” and “potential for pervasiveness”, and have received the awards from our President and CEO, Yukikazu Myochin.

The “K”Line Group will continue to share environmental preservation activities being addressed within our Group companies broadly in order that we can further advance dissemination and enlightenment of environmental preservation activities as an entire Group effort by the presentation of these “K”Line Group Environmental Awards. Through this emphasis on continuing aggressively to contribute to environmental preservation and biodiversity protection, we should successfully accomplish our mission, i.e., “Passing on a sustainable society and this blue and beautiful ocean to the next generation” expressed in “K”Line Environmental Vision 2050.

Awardees of the “K”Line Group Environmental Awards are as follows:


Support activities for landing work of floating debris, driftwood by a heavy rain in western Japan recovered by a marine environment maintenance ship in Hiroshima Bay (Seagate Corporation)

Regarding the floating marine debris that had been leaked to Hiroshima Bay due to the heavy rain disaster in Western Japan that occurred in July 2018 and endangered the daily operation of ships, as well as polluting sea, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Chugoku Regional Development Bureau carried out the recovery work using a marine environment maintenance ship, “Ondo 2000”, owned by Chugoku Regional Development Bureau.

In 2019, Seagate Corporation mobilized its own 60-ton crane truck and technical staff to engage in the landing work of these collected waste.

In FY2019, the company carried out the joint work five times during intervals between the unloading work of steel products from domestic ships as their normal business, and cooperated in the disposal of 100 tons of marine floating waste in total.


  • Reducing the number of tugs usage by improvement of gantry crane parking method at Oi Terminal No. 2  

Daito Corporation

  • Marine environment conservation activities through community-based beach cleaning

”K”Line Chile Ltd

  • Create awareness in the office on environmentally friendly practices  

”K”Line Pte Ltd

  • Switch to eco bags from disposable black plastic trash bags in warehouse

”K”Line Container Service Thailand, Ltd.

  • Food Redistribution

Century Distribution Systems, Inc. (Hong Kong)

  • Business process improvement action to improve the overall level of accident eradication, environmental conservation and operational efficiency  

Nitto Total Logistics Ltd