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“K” LINE Awarded CDP’s “Supplier Engagement Leader”

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) is pleased to announce that the company was recognized as “Supplier Engagement Leader” for five consecutive years, the top rating, on “Supplier Engagement Rating” from CDP, which is a non-profit global organization engaging in activities for investigating and disclosing environmental information, on March 15th.

“Supplier Engagement Rating” evaluates the companies’ initiatives for climate change and greenhouse gas emissions throughout the supply chain and ranks the companies in line with their efforts. Our strategies and initiatives were evaluated on “Supplier Engagement Rating”.

This year 653 companies, including 130 Japanese companies, out of approximately 8,200 companies were awarded as “Supplier Engagement Leaderboard” worldwide. 

As a globally trusted logistics company rooted in the shipping industry, “K” LINE Group will continue to work to reduce its environmental impact in order to realize a sustainable society and increase its corporate value, based on its corporate philosophy of “contributing to the enrichment of people’s lives”.


December 14, 2022: “K” LINE Selected for the 7th consecutive year on the “A List”

February 6, 2023: “K” LINE Posted CEO Message as CDP2022 “A List” Company

“K” Line hold a Crew Development Seminar in India

― With the Theme, “Changing Forward” ―

K Marine Ship Management Pte. Ltd. (KMSM), * a ship management company that is part of the Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” LINE) group, held a crew seminar in Mumbai, India for two days from March 1st. More than 50 Indian seafarers (officers) from oil tankers, LNG carriers, LPG carriers, and LNG bunkering ship managed by KMSM attended the crew seminar. The event included a lively exchange of opinions and a workshop together with KMSM superintendents on root cause analysis and recurrence prevention examining actual accidents and mental healthcare matters. After the crew seminar, KMSM held a long-service award ceremony, and a social gathering to which families were also invited.

“K” LINE President & CEO Yukikazu Myochin made speech at the crew seminar

President Yukikazu Myochin and many “K” LINE’s executives attended the seminar. At the long-service award ceremony, the president and the vice president expressed gratitude for their contributions to safe operations over many years and their achievements fostering the next generation. In addition, we expressed our gratitude to the seafarers for their fulfilling their responsibilities without stopping sea transportation in the extremely difficult onboard environment during the COVID-19 pandemic over the past three years.

Front line from left:
Masatoshi Taguchi, Managing Executive Officer, “K” LINE
Atsuo Asano, Vice President Executive Officer & Representative Director, “K” LINE
Yukikazu Myochin, President & CEO, “K” LINE
Shoji Fukuda, CEO, KMSM
Akihiro Fujimaru, Executive Officer, “K” LINE

Based on our corporate principle of contributing to the enrichment of people’s lives as a shipping company that is trusted globally and centered on the shipping industry, the “K” LINE group aims to achieve sustainable growth and increase its corporate value while moving toward the realization of low-carbon operations and the decarbonization of our company and society.

Through these activities, “K” LINE Group will deepen its understanding of seafarers and their families, who contribute to sea transportation around the world, and build strong connections with them, thereby immersing them in our corporate culture of safety, enabling this culture to mature and providing safe operations and high-quality transportation services.

* K Marine Ship Management Pte. Ltd. Established in Singapore in January 2022, it is the wholly owned “K” LINE subsidiary that is the core company of the “K” LINE Group for ship management and the crewing of oil tankers, LNG carriers, LPG carriers, and LNG bunkering ships. Released on Oct.27, 2022: Opening Ceremony of K Marine Ship Management Pte. Ltd.

GEODIS expands offering to retail sector with new lease on multi-user facility in Shanghai’s Minhang District

A 10-year lease on the facility will continue to grow GEODIS’ presence in China and offer logistics solutions for the growing e-commerce industry

GEODIS, a global leader in the transport and logistics sector, has signed a 10-year lease agreement with PRD Group for a 20,000 square-meter multi-user facility in Minhang district, Shanghai. The facility is set to bolster GEODIS’ contract logistics capabilities for retail partners, providing improved storage and inventory processing to support the fast-growing e-commerce industry that is expected to be worth USD 2 trillion in Asia Pacific by 2025[1].

The new facility is slated to officially open to GEODIS’ customers in July 2023 and will include a state-of-the-art storage system, consisting of mezzanine flooring, Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) pallet racks, and racking served by Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGV). The facility will provide the space needed to support large merchandise inventory as well as inbound and outbound procedures. At peak capacity, the site will be able to manage an inventory of close to 20,000 Stock-Keeping Units (SKU). This will include having the space to process up to 300,000 lines per day for GEODIS’ Business-to-Consumer (B2C) customers, in addition to approximately 15,000 lines per day for its Business-to-Business (B2B) clientele.

“Retailers today are facing a dynamic environment, where the rise of e-commerce and omnichannel platforms are changing consumer demands for goods and services. Our goal as a logistics provider is to support our customers – and theirs – by meeting these demands. With this strategic partnership with PRD Group, GEODIS will be tapping into the developed multi-user facility in Shanghai to optimize retail supply chains and provide innovative solutions that not only match but exceed the standards of service required by our retail partners to better serve their customers,” said Onno Boots, Regional President & CEO, GEODIS Asia Pacific and Middle East. “We are excited to work closely with our partners to integrate GEODIS’ operations into the facility in 2023 and continue our ongoing journey to being the strategic logistics partner of choice in the region.”

As part of this facility, retail customers can also expect Value-Added Services (VAS) such as packaging and re-packaging, re-labelling, quality control as well as the handling of return shipments and reclamations.

Aligning with GEODIS’ commitment of advancing sustainable supply chain growth, the lease will also provide the company access to concrete processes that manage carbon emissions, including the use of sustainable construction materials for the warehouse façade, LED lights and motion sensors, automatic energy consumption monitoring systems, which actively keep track of electricity usage, as well as energy-efficient air conditioners. These features in the developed site have been certified ‘Platinum’ by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, the highest level of accreditation within the most widely used green building rating system in the world. To complement these, GEODIS’ delivery fleet within the district will also consist of electric vans for urban delivery.



GEODIS is a leading global logistics provider acknowledged for its expertise across all aspects of the supply chain. As a growth partner to its clients, GEODIS specializes in five lines of business: Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport. With a global network spanning nearly 170 countries and more than 49,400 employees, GEODIS is ranked world no. 6 in its sector. In 2022, GEODIS generated €13.7 billion in revenue. GEODIS is a company owned by SNCF group.

“K “Line : Notice Concerning Revisions to the Remuneration System for Executives

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) hereby announces that it has resolved to revise its remuneration system (hereinafter referred to as “the Revisions to the Remuneration System”) for Directors (Executive directors only) and Executive Officers (hereinafter referred to as “Directors, etc.”), as follows. The resolution was made by the Company’s Board of Directors at its meeting held today.

“K “Line : Notice Regarding Cancellation of Treasury Stock

(Cancellation of Treasury Stock Pursuant to Article 178 of the Companies Act of Japan)

C-level promotions at TT Club reflect planned progression for senior executives

International freight and logistics insurer TT Club has announced two new appointments to senior positions as part of its planned succession programme. Kevin King has been promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Mark Argentieri to Chief Operating Officer (COO) in place of King. Both King and Argentieri have been working closely with TT’s CEO, Charles Fenton, in recent years ensuring a smooth handover of responsibilities, as Fenton positions the Club in anticipation of his stepping down from the CEO role at the end of 2023.

Charles Fenton, Chief Executive Officer

Beyond then, Fenton will remain close to the business, having assumed the role of Chairman of Thomas Miller Holdings (TT’s management company) in 2021.  He will continue to support the Manager’s relationship with the TT Club Board and the promotion of the Club internationally.

Kevin King, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

King is a twenty-six-year veteran of Thomas Miller, having held positions in a number of its managed businesses in the United States before moving to London in 2015 to lead TT’s EMEA region and more latterly serve as its COO.

Mark Argentieri, Chief Operating Officer

Argentieri has led the TT team in the EMEA region for the last three years having previously gained experience with both TT and the London Market in a range of marine classes of insurance including port and terminal, forwarder and logistics operator cover. His EMEA leadership role included responsibility for the growth of the business and its service delivery.  Argentieri’s management skills have reinforced TT’s reputation for delivering a superior service for Members across the underwriting, claims and loss prevention functions, and he continues to look for new ways the Club can add value to the membership.

Together these two senior executives will help sustain TT’s tradition of specialised expertise in the global freight transport arena while advancing the Club’s position on ESG issues; carefully adopting the benefits of data mining and AI technology; maintaining industry-leading loss prevention activity, and maximising Member retention and growth.

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 1100 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 97% of its Members with a third of its entire membership having chosen to insure with the Club for 20 years or more.

HPC carries out technical due diligence for Hapag-Lloyd’s participation in J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited

Hamburg, 13 March 2023 – HPC Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) is pleased to announce that it has performed the technical due diligence for Hapag-Lloyd as a basis for investment in a share of J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited (JMBPL). The participation involves 12 port terminal & logistic facilities in India and enhances Hapag-Lloyd’s engagement in the terminal sector in attractive growth markets.

JMBPL provides broad industry-focused logistics sector coverage to cater to future growth opportunities. Its diverse portfolio includes infrastructure, technology, logistics, and integrated services, enabling physical and digital coverage of India-based supply chain. Through its participation in JMBPL, Hapag-Lloyd aims at further strengthening its position in the attractive Indian market and jointly developing new business opportunities.

As an investor, Hapag-Lloyd wished to obtain an independent opinion from an internationally recognized consultant regarding the feasibility of an investment in the development of JMBPL. HPC was commissioned to support the participation process by conducting on-site inspections of the port facilities and carrying out technical due diligence. This provided sound insight to support decision making in the investment process.

“Terminal investments help us to actively influence an essential part of the value chain, determining the service level and quality for our customers and supporting our access to key markets. To conduct thorough due diligence for such an investment we relied on a partner who knows terminal operations inside out. HPC has thoroughly investigated the condition of the JMBPL terminals, appraised the investment levels necessary and assessed post-merger potentiality. HPC is a trusted partner for us, and we are very happy with the important role they played to support this transaction”, said Lisa Radke, Head of Global Terminal & Transport Procurement at Hapag-Lloyd.

As part of its comprehensive due diligence, HPC conducted an operations and technical assessment, including feasibility and risk analysis, as well as equipment and civil engineering assessments.

“As a global port consultancy with roots in terminal operations, we can assist our clients with advice on potential transactions from an operational, commercial, and technological point of view,” said Suheil Mahayni, Managing Director at HPC. “Close cooperation with Hapag-Lloyd’s team was crucial to the success of this assessment project. The open and transparent discussions with all parties created an atmosphere of trust from the beginning. This has enabled us to deliver a thorough valuation of the terminal operator and its assets for our client in a short period of time.”

With its operational expertise and holistic approach, HPC is well-positioned to help clients navigate complex acquisitions and make informed investment decisions.

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HPC führte technische Due Diligence für Hapag-Lloyd Beteiligung an J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited durch

Hamburg, 13. März 2023 – HPC Hamburg Port Consulting (HPC) hat für Hapag-Lloyd die technische Due Diligence als Grundlage für eine Beteiligung an der J M Baxi Ports & Logistics Limited (JMBPL) durchgeführt. Die Beteiligung umfasst 12 Hafenterminals und Logistikanlagen in Indien und erweitert Hapag-Lloyd‘s Engagement im Terminalbereich in attraktiven Wachstumsmärkten.

JMBPL bietet eine breite, branchenorientierte Abdeckung des logistiksektors, um zukünftige Wachstumschancen zu nutzen. Das vielfältige Portfolio umfasst Infrastruktur, Technologie, Logistik und integrierte Dienstleistungen, so dass die physische als auch digitale Abdeckung der indischen Lieferkette ermöglicht werden kann. Durch die Beteiligung an JMBPL will Hapag-Lloyd seine Position auf dem attraktiven indischen Markt weiter stärken und gemeinsam neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten entwickeln.

Um eine unabhängige Meinung eines international anerkannten Beraters über die Machbarkeit einer Investition in die Entwicklung von JMBPL einzuholen, hat Hapag-Lloyd. HPC beauftragt, den Beteiligungsprozess durch die Besichtigung der Hafenanlagen vor Ort und die Durchführung einer technischen Due Diligence zu unterstützen. Dies lieferte fundierte Erkenntnisse für die Entscheidungsfindung im Investitionsprozess.

“Terminalinvestitionen helfen uns, einen wesentlichen Teil der Wertschöpfungskette aktiv zu gestalten. Sie wirken sich positiv auf das Dienstleistungsniveau und die Qualität für unsere Kunden aus und unterstützen uns zugleich, wichtige Märkte zu erschließen. Um eine gründliche Due-Diligence-Prüfung für diese Investition durchzuführen, haben wir uns auf einen Partner verlassen, der den Terminalbetrieb sehr gut kennt,” sagt Lisa Radke, Leiterin des Bereichs Global Terminal & Transport Procurement bei Hapag-Lloyd und ergänzt: „HPC hat den Zustand der JMBPL-Terminals untersucht, das erforderliche Investitionsniveau abgeschätzt, das Potenzial einer erfolgten Beteiligung bewertet und sich dabei als zuverlässiger Partner erwiesen. Wir sind mit dem Support von HPC bei dieser Transaktion sehr zufrieden.“

Im Rahmen der umfassenden Due-Diligence-Prüfung führte HPC eine betriebliche und technische Bewertung durch, einschließlich einer Machbarkeits- und Risikoanalyse sowie einer Bewertung des Terminal-Equipments und des baulichen Zustands.

“Als globales Hafenberatungsunternehmen mit Wurzeln im Terminalbetrieb können wir unsere Kunden bei potenziellen Transaktionen aus betrieblicher, kommerzieller und technologischer Sicht beraten”, so Suheil Mahayni, Geschäftsführer von HPC. “Die enge Zusammenarbeit mit dem Team von Hapag-Lloyd war entscheidend für den Erfolg dieses Bewertungsprojekts. Die offenen und transparenten Diskussionen mit allen Beteiligten schufen von Anfang an eine Atmosphäre des Vertrauens. Dadurch waren wir in der Lage, in sehr kurzer Zeit eine umfassende Bewertung des Terminalbetreibers und seiner Vermögenswerte für unseren Kunden zu erstellen.”

Mit seiner operativen Expertise und seinem ganzheitlichen Beratungsansatz ist HPC gut aufgestellt, um Kunden bei komplexen Akquisitionen zu unterstützen und fundierte Investitionsentscheidungen zu treffen.

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Award launched to recognise talent in supply chain security

Specialist international freight transport insurer TT Club is teaming up with the Transported Asset Protection Association’s (TAPA) Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region to encourage the next generation of supply chain security professionals to excel. Entries for the first ‘Young Supply Chain Resilience Professional of the Year’ award are now opened until 28 April 2023.

Both TT and TAPA EMEA are dedicated to bringing insight into the complex theft trends that exist within international supply chains.  With the aim of increasing awareness of the challenges in combatting such crime, the organisations also promote where possible risk mitigation guidelines and activities.  To these ends they are launching an annual award programme celebrating the successes of young supply chain security professionals and the next generation of leaders in supply chain resilience.

Explaining the motives behind the award, Mike Yarwood TT’s Managing Director, Loss Prevention said, “We wish to identify, inspire and reward young talent in the industry, encouraging them to continue to innovate, communicate with their peers and strive for greater security throughout the supply chain sector.”

The entry process starts on the 6 March and concludes on the 28 April.  With judging taking place in May, the winner will be invited to receive their award at TAPA EMEA’s RESILIENCE@RISK Conference in Amsterdam on 14 & 15 June 2023.

Each award entrant is being asked to contribute up to a 1,500 word submission based on a supply chain security related project in which they have been involved, with particular attention to the complexity of the issue, the originality and innovative nature of the solution and successes achieved. The judges, comprised of the TAPA EMEA and TT leadership will develop an objective scoring matrix in order to determine the finalists and eventual award winner.

Thorsten Neumann, President & CEO of TAPA EMEA emphasises the possible multiple benefits resulting from the awards programme as a whole, “In addition to the encouragement of young talent in our industry, we have aspirations of identifying good practice and innovative supply chain security solutions that we know proliferate internationally across the sector.  Our award and the attention it will hopefully attract will have the effect of promoting such activities, sharing them on an industry-wide basis for the benefit of all.”

The application form is available to download from the TAPA EMEA website LINK

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 1100 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 97% of its Members with a third of its entire membership having chosen to insure with the Club for 20 years or more.


TAPA EMEA was formed in 2000 to tackle the multi-billion euro problem of cargo thefts from supply chains. Today, it boasts over 900 member companies in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, including many of the world’s biggest manufacturers and logistics service providers as well as leading SME freight forwarding and transport operators, insurers, law enforcement agencies, security service providers, and other stakeholders.

TAPA EMEA is working to minimise cargo losses and increase supply chain resilience by helping its member companies top understand and manage risks. TAPA EMEA achieves this through the development and application of its global supply chain Security Standards, collating and sharing of cargo crime incident intelligence, training, networking and through its support of, and collaboration with law enforcement agencies, governmental and regulatory bodies.  For more information go to

GEODIS concludes the acquisition of trans-o-flex in Germany

GEODIS today announces the finalization of the acquisition of trans-o-flex, following regulatory approval. trans-o-flex is a leading German network for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical goods and express premium delivery. This acquisition will establish GEODIS as one of the most prominent players in the key market of healthcare and will significantly enhance its delivery capabilities in Europe.

Marie-Christine Lombard, Chief Executive Officer of GEODIS, said: “The acquisition of trans-o-flex, the largest temperature-controlled distribution network in Germany specializing in healthcare, accelerates our growth in a key market for GEODIS. We want to enable trans-o-flex to consolidate its market position in Germany and expand it in the largest European countries. It forms part of our ambition to develop our global end-to-end logistics solutions in support of our customers’ growth and geographical expansion.”

With this acquisition, GEODIS is adding a wide range of services for time-critical deliveries to its portfolio and offers a fast, reliable and time-definite delivery service in Germany, one of its key geographies.

The addition of trans-o-flex capabilities to the already existing Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics businesses will strengthen GEODIS’ position in Germany, reaching close to €1,5 billion worth of revenue with more than 3,400 employees. Synergies for both companies will be created by leveraging all of trans-o-flex’s strengths and resources, including its strong brand and the expertise of its existing management team.

trans-o-flex will remain independent and will be run under the leadership of Wolfgang P. Albeck as CEO. The company will operate under a supervisory board chaired by Marie-Christine Lombard, with Christoph Schoeller as deputy chairman. Trans-o-flex will report to the Europe region under the leadership of Thomas Kraus. To ensure commercial synergies, Wolfgang P. Albeck will join the executive board of GEODIS’s Europe region.

Christoph Schoeller, deputy chairman of trans-o-flex, said: “We are pleased that trans-o-flex can now start a new, international growth phase. In order to ensure continuity, the entire trans-o-flex management will remain in office. Together we will continue to work on the success story of the Group.”

The focus of the express service, which was founded in 1971 and has established special logistics solutions for the cosmetics, consumer electronics and other sensitive goods sectors in addition to healthcare, is in Germany. Here and in Austria, the company employs almost 2,000 people at 77 network and warehouse locations. In both Austria and in Germany, the company has established its own nationwide network for actively temperature-controlled pharmaceutical transports at 2 to 8° C and 15 to 25° C.


GEODIS is a leading global logistics provider acknowledged for its expertise across all aspects of the supply chain. As a growth partner to its clients, GEODIS specializes in five lines of business: Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport. With a global network spanning nearly 170 countries and more than 49,400 employees, GEODIS is ranked world no. 6 in its sector. In 2022, GEODIS generated €13.7 billion in revenue. GEODIS is a company owned by SNCF group.

ICHCA Welcomes Port Technology International as New Member

The global association representing cargo handling companies, ICHCA International (ICHCA) is delighted to welcome Port Technology International, the leading multi-channel media company.

This new partnership has been welcomed by both parties as a framework to support their mutual interest in the dissemination of knowledge, best practice and commentary on the challenges and issues facing the global cargo handling community.

In welcoming the new member, Richard Steele, ICHCA International’s CEO stated, “Co-operation with key media organisations is critical to the safe and efficient performance of today’s increasingly complex supply chains.  At ICHCA we remain committed to our efforts to improve safety, security and sustainability and with the help of Port Technology International, we can continue to spread our key messages, through their editorial, webinars and industry events”.

With four upcoming events and a packed editorial schedule already planned for 2023 Port Technology International is delighted to become a member of the ICHCA International.  Director of Operations for Port Technology International, Tracy Catlin commented, “As a leading multimedia ports and terminals platform, safety in cargo handling is a key priority for Port Technology International and its readership. The solutions in which our sector applies improving productivity, safety and efficiency of cargo handling worldwide are part of a collaborative effort to which we aim to promote and discuss across the global supply chain.  Through ICHCA International’s diverse membership, case studies, and event offerings, Port Technology International aims to partner a media hub for increased health and safety awareness in the industry, highlighting the importance of training. We look forward to collaborating with ICHCA International’s members in the future and sharing knowledge across our mutual partners for the improvement of cargo handling worldwide”.

The current calendar of events hosted by ICHCA’s new member can be found here:

About ICHCA International

Established in 1952, ICHCA International is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and movement worldwide. ICHCA’s privileged NGO status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, while its Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a wide range of practical cargo handling issues.

Operating through a series of national and regional chapters, including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and plus Correspondence and Working Groups, ICHCA provides a focal point for informing, educating, lobbying and networking to improve knowledge and best practice across the cargo handling chain.

About Port Technology International

Founded in 1995 Port Technology International (PTI) has grown from publishing a world leading Journal to now producing events, webinars, and other multimedia content.

Our community is made up of over 40,000 senior executives and key decision makers across the ports and terminals industry.

Through our Journal, events and digital media offerings PTI covers the latest technologies and innovations being adopted across the industry including terminals, digitalization, automation, shipping, global trade, sustainability and the energy transition, among others.