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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.

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.


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)

TT Club Highlights Global Supply Chain Weakness to Cyber Attack

13th November, 2017

The Trans- Pacific Asia Conference, held in Shenzhen, China last month provided an opportune forum for leading international freight transport insurer, TT Club to add its voice to growing concerns over the frailty of the global supply chain when faced with cyber-attack.

Alexis Cahalan, formerly of the TT Club, now with Thomas Miller Law based in Sydney, emphasized the logistics and freight forwarding community’s particular vulnerability to disruptive cyber activity.  “Operations which are characterized by widespread office networks;  reliance on multiple third party suppliers;  IT systems predominantly of an in-house, legacy nature, which are poorly protected by security software; and a lack of open communication and reporting of damaging past cyber experiences, are common within the global logistics community.  These characteristics lead to greater risk,” Cahalan emphasized.

Her conference paper, entitled ‘Cyber Risk: Protecting Your Assets from Invisible Attack’ referenced the recent “not Petya” incident as evidence that the risk of cyber attack is now a reality which needs to be seriously addressed by all participants in the transport supply chain.  “There is a case for employing a corporate culture of risk management to assess these vulnerabilities within individual companies and to develop a response framework with this in mind,” advised Cahalan.

Risks are increasing rapidly not just in terms of greater hacking and malware activity.  The desire for supply chain visibility and efficiencies is driving technologies, such as IoT (Internet of Things and access through smart phones and the like.  There is a danger that rapid adoption of such technology means many companies have yet to consider thoroughly the cyber security implications of BYOD (‘bring your own device’) procedures.

TT Club is committed to preparing appropriate loss prevention and risk management advice and support for freight transport operators on an ongoing basis. Defensive action in such a challenging environment can’t be whittled down to just one area of operation. However, human behaviour, both a successful supply chain’s greatest strength and weakness, can be usefully targeted.

“Employee awareness of the potential dangers of day-to-day activities will help with cyber defences. Trust in email communication, auto-connect Wi-Fi settings and password protocols, peripheral equipment and flash drives, computers in general, should all be monitored and reviewed,” concluded Cahalan. “Staff and contractors should be brought to understand that the critical balance between ease of operation and security may bring inconvenience. A corporate culture that articulates, enforces and educates cyber defence will achieve much in terms of mitigating risk.”


Notes to editors:

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. As a mutual insurer, TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators. TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

About Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services including legal services, claims and captive management
  • Managing General Agency 


SAL gets a new sister – SAL Engineering

Hamburg, 1. November 2017 – SAL Engineering GmbH is established as an independent Engineering house within the Harren & Partner Group. SAL Engineering becomes a sister company to SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, and is utilizing from the know-how, and practical experience that has been obtained over the past 35 years creating engineering solutions for the worldwide recognized project carrier.

There is a new kid on the block, yet it builds on a foundation that is very well established with over 35 years of operation. A new chapter has begun within heavy lift & marine engineering. SAL Engineering GmbH is opening as an independent engineering house, offering highly specialized technical engineering, consultancy and site support services.

SAL Engineering does therefore not set off as an industry newcomer. With thousands of realized projects for SAL Heavy Lift, the company is already having solid experience to present from its first day of operation.

Karsten Behrens, General Manager SAL Engineering states: “I am very happy about bringing SAL Engineering to market. For many years our team has been developing heavy lift solutions to customers world-wide – but always in combination with cargo bookings on company tonnage. Now we can also deliver it as an independent service – and with a wider scope, not only to our industry, but to multiple industries.”

SAL Engineering will offer services within three business fields: Engineering, Consultancy and Site Support & Surveys. Amongst these fields, services such as structural designs and hydrodynamic calculations, design reviews and FEED studies as well as cargo operations and condition surveys can be mentioned as a few within the palette of competences.

Axel Urban, General Manager SAL Engineering explains: “We have some of the best minds in our industry. Our team consists of naval architects, master mariners, structural and welding engineers and hydrodynamic experts, that in combination can develop fully customized solutions within all disciplines of marine engineering and heavy lift transportation. Our solutions are rooted in practical experience – resulting in an efficient and cost-effective result. We know how to put a concept into realization.“

SAL Engineering can support a wide range of industries enabling many to benefit from the comprehensive service levels. It is recognized that technical pain points may exist in a broader range of businesses, even outside the heavy lift and marine construction sector. And here SAL Engineering seek to offer its services as well.

Heiko Felderhoff, Managing Director SAL Engineering adds: “The bandwidth of businesses that can benefit from our services are actually quite broad – we can supply technical designs and execution models to EPC houses, support other shipowners, but also provide vital services to financial institutions and public authorities just to mention a few. By providing comprehensive optimization solutions to industries that have stake but not necessarily direct know how, SAL Engineering may prove to become an important business partner. And as we offer services both as packages or as customized solutions there is an effortless way forward for anyone seeking our services.”

The engineering support to SAL Heavy Lift will remain unchanged. Customers can still expect the same level of technical solutions which has always characterized the service from SAL.


About SAL Engineering GmbH

SAL Engineering GmbH, a member of the Harren & Partner Group, is an independent engineering and consultancy house offering technical solutions within sea transport of heavy lift and project cargo, marine installation and site support. The company was founded in 2017 as a sister company to SAL Heavy Lift GmbH, a worldwide recognized premium heavy lift project carrier. With a team consisting of +30 specialists and several thousand realized projects behind them, SAL Engineering build on the profound know-how and skills that has been obtained over the years in the SAL Group. SAL Engineering GmbH is residing in Hamburg Germany, and makes use of the latest technologies to develop customized solutions to clients worldwide. The company meets the highest standards with regard to quality, technical innovation and health, safety and environment.

GEODIS rolls out new Digital Solutions to simply Road Transport

26 OCTOBER 2017


Neptune enables real-time co-ordination of transport activity, reporting and analysis of key performance indicators, and document archiving.  Neptune is the new web portal which has been developed by GEODIS for its road transport-related activities in order to offer more transparency, agility and simplicity to all those working within the supply chain.

Neptune makes it possible for hauliers and customers to manage all their activities from a single platform in just a few clicks: scheduling collections/deliveries, planning resources, reporting incidents and faults, and accessing digitalised transport documents are all part of the functionality being introduced.

“GEODIS’ vision is to be a growth partner for our clients” explains Olivier Royer, Executive Vice President Road Transport. “In this context, the digitalization of our activities aims to simplify the daily life of our customers and our partners.”

The Neptune portal works within the framework of Zenith, the transport management system (TMS), which GEODIS has been developing since 2003 and into which the new mobile application, Zenmob feeds in real time. Available on Android and IOS platforms in 8 languages, Zenmob is available to the 18,000 GEODIS employees in Europe. By simply entering the delivery order reference, the application can immediately share the delivery status, report any faults, add images showing events of non-compliance, and will therefore significantly reduce the number of telephone exchanges or texts required involving parties in the transport chain.

“Modern technology has created a new dynamic to improve our methods of working”, states Olivier Royer. “The digitalisation of functions enables us to share intelligent transport data and so influence the better organisation of the entire supply chain. The combination of big data, artificial intelligence and geolocation are at the heart of our current and future thinking and aimed consistently at further simplifying our customers’ activities; guaranteeing them new sources of productivity.”

From the Neptune portal, customers can also access the new reporting tool, Scorecard, developed by the GEODIS design engineering department. Being fully-customisable, this tool enables the user to analyse all the relevant indicators in order to monitor the performance of GEODIS controlled transport activities. Finally, in order to meet the ever-increasing administrative and legal obligations of its customers, GEODIS has wholly digitalised the management of all transport documents, which are now also accessible through the Neptune portal.

Discover more about Neptune here.



GEODIS is a logistics provider ranked amongst the largest companies in its sector in Europe and throughout the world. GEODIS belongs to the SNCF Logistics arm of the SNCF group and is the fourth-largest logistics provider in Europe and the seventh-largest in the world. In 2016, GEODIS was also classified by Gartner as a ‘Leader’ in its ‘Magic Quadrant’ of global 3PL providers.  The international reach of GEODIS relies on its direct presence in 67 countries and a global network that connects more than 120 countries. With its five specialist areas of focus (Supply Chain Optimisation, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express Couriering and Road Transport), GEODIS takes charge of its customers’ supply chain and provides them with complete solutions by drawing upon more than 39,500 employees, its facilities, it processes and its IT systems. In 2016 GEODIS achieved a turnover of 8 billion Euros.


“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



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


Students hit the beach to design a behaviour-changing bin

 Green Seas Trust Logo croppedCharity and University team up to tackle plastic pollution in the sea

London design students will descend onto East Beach in Littlehampton, West Sussex, next Tuesday 24 October to analyse and quantify litter, as part of a project to design and install a behaviour-changing bin that will encourage beach users to take the issue of ocean pollution seriously.

The 20+ students, from the University of East London (UEL), are working with charity GreenSeas Trust to create a bin that is not only functional but also a work of art aimed at changing people’s attitudes towards litter, particularly plastics.

Arun District Council is also on board to help the project with the siting of the bin, along with Biffa, whose municipal division handles local waste. Their staff will empty the bin and recycle the plastic waste collected.

The United Nations estimates that if humanity does not change its ways, there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish by 2050*, and much of the problem is down to people not binning their litter, according to GreenSeas Trust.

Fazilette Khan, charity trustee, says that one of the problems is that although many beaches are equipped with bins, people don’t use them. “We need to make people aware of the problem of ocean pollution, so we are asking the design students, with their young minds and different ideas, to come up with a bin that will educate people as well as collect their litter.”

On the day, the UEL students will split into two teams: one will study the location and assess wind and environmental conditions at the site, while the other team will use GPS technology to survey the area and capture the types and location of litter found on the beach. The results of the studies will inform the design for the bin, which is expected to be installed at the beach next Spring.

Paul Lighterness, Programme Leader, Product Design at the University of East London, said: “The collaboration between product design students at the University of East London and the charity GreenSeas Trust is a great opportunity for young designers to work on a socially and environmentally conscious project brief, in order to understand ‘real’ issues and present ‘real’ solutions, with organisations who have a desire to improve lives. The topic of the project is central to the working methods of the Product Design Programme, to create socially responsive designers.

We are very fortunate to be involved in such an exciting and topical project, and the students are keen to provide solutions that meet the environmental demands, as well as those of the collaborative partners.

Greenseas Trust seeks to partner with other councils and companies to roll out the specially designed bins to other beaches around the UK coast.

*UN report 2017

Editor’s notes

The Greenseas Trust has worked on other projects at home and abroad to reduce plastic pollution in the sea and raise awareness about the issue. More information here

Biffa is a leader in the waste and recycling which provides collection, landfill, recycling and special waste services to local authorities.

Fazilette Khan has spent a lifetime in maritime occupations and sees her work at the charity as a chance to give something back to the ocean. She qualified as a marine electronic engineer from the Merchant Navy College formerly; HMS Worchester. She first went to sea when women sailing on ships were few and far between; working for many prominent shipping companies.

Fazilette has witnessed the growing problem of marine debris on our oceans first-hand. “My career at sea has allowed me the privilege to visit some of the most exotic and pristine coastal areas in remote parts of the world. It is heart breaking to come back a few years later and see those very same coves and beaches now strewn with unsightly plastics bottles and other non-biodegradable rubbish.”

Press enquiries:

Fazilette Khan


Registered Charity No: 1098649

Evergreen Enhances North Europe – Mediterranean Sea Network

October 23, 2017 — In order to offer an express service on the North Europe – Mediterranean trade, Evergreen is teaming up with COSCO and YML to create a new joint operation, to be branded Europe – Med Express (EMX).

This weekly service will utilize five ships of 4,250 teu-class; one provided by Evergreen and YML respectively and the remaining three by COSCO. The first sailing is scheduled to depart from Rotterdam on 27th of November with a port rotation as follows:

Rotterdam – Felixstowe– Hamburg – Antwerp – Casablanca – Piraeus – Alexandria – Haifa– Mersin – Piraeus – Casablanca – Rotterdam.

The launch of this new service will enable Evergreen to provide a direct connection from North Europe to the Mediterranean, particularly to/from Morocco, Turkey, Israel and Egypt and is open to all types of cargo, including reefers and special containers. This new service is being introduced in response to increased customer demand for a reliable service and demonstrates Evergreen’s strong commitment to enhance efficiency on Europe-Med routes.