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Brief History

  • Established as Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.
  • At the start of World War ll, owned 36 ships, 260,108 deadweight tons.
  • At the end of World War ll, owned 12 ships, 31,111 deadweight tons.
  • The rebuilding of the company fleet began with the refloatation of the KIYOKAWA MARU, sunk during the war.
  • The Japan / Bangkok liner route was established as the first step toward resumption of service. Other principal liner routes were reopened or established later.
  • Work on developing an oil tanker fleet was begun with the building of the FUJIKAWA MARU.
  • Work on developing a specialized carrier fleet was begun with the building of the ore carrier FUKUKAWA MARU.
  • Merged with Iino Kisen Kaisha to become the core company of the Kawasaki Kisen group, capitalized at 9 billion yen.
  • "K" LINE's 1st full containership GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE put into the Japan / California service route.
  • Started the Japan-Far East / Europe liner route with Mearsk Lines of Denmark.
  • Work on developing a specialized car carrier fleet was begun with the car / bulk carrier TOYOTA MARU NO. 1.
  • Service with containerships began on Japan / East Australia route.
  • Service with containerships began on Japan / Pacific Northwest Coast routes.
  • Japan's first PCC (Pure Car Carrier) TOYOTA MARU NO.10 was completed.
  • "International Transportation Service, Inc. was established as the company's overseas container terminal in Long Beach, California.
  • Service with container ships began on the Japan-Far East / New York route.
  • Joined the Far Eastern Freight Conference.
  • The ACE Group established as a consortium for the joint operations of containerships on the Japan-Far East / Europe route.
  • Became the ship managing company of Japan's first LNG carrier BISHU MARU.
  • Began operation of an exclusive Double Stack Train (DST) linking Long Beach, Chicago, and New York.
  • Left the Japanese 5-line consortium of Japan-Far East / new York route and established a new round-the-world service with two overseas shipping lines.
  • Terminated the consortium with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines for Japan-Far East / U.S. Pacific North West route and started a independent service.
  • Reorganized the ACE Group on the European route, and switched to a consortium with two overseas shipping companies.
  • In conjunction with the establishment of a dedicated DST network in North America, the Japan-Far East / New York all water service was suspended.
  • "K" Line Re-engineering Program started.
  • "K" Line Maritime Training Corporation established in Manila.
  • Contracts signed for building and chartering seven LNG carriers under the Qatargas project.
  • Newly-built wide-beam / shallow-draft coal carrier CORONA ACE put into service.
  • Listing of Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, a subsidiary, on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Joint ship assignment with the Yang Ming Line of Taiwan started on the Japan-Far East / North America and Japan-Far East / Europe routes.
  • The "K" Line Re-engineering Phase II started with a two-years period of 1996 / 97.
  • Trans-Atlantic Container Service (TASCO) jointly established with COSCO, with the participation of Yang Ming Line.
  • Car Carrier Depertment receives ISO9002.
  • New Containership services, Asia / US East coast (via Panama), Asia / Mediterranean and Mediterranean / US East Coast, commenced, which completed our trunk service routes linking west and east.
  • Taiyo Kaiun Kabushiki Kaisha merged with Kobe Nippon Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co., Ltd. was founded. Reformation of our subsidiary companies for ship management and administration completed.
  • The company's first 300,000 dwt double-hulled VLCC "KUMANOGAWA" was delivered.
  • Established Training Center for Dangerous Cargo Carriers within "K" LINE Traning Center, Tokyo with three training simulators for LNG carriers / LPG carriers / oil tankers.
  • Established "K" LINE Group's Environmental Charter.
  • "K" Line Pte Ltd, started their business as shipping company in Singapore.
  • 1st over-panamax containership GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE was built at Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan.
  • "K" LINE, COSCON, Yang Ming and Hanjin (Senator) agreed to accelerate the process of cooperation with an ultimate goal of established an alliance.
  • Reached an agreement with Statoil and Mitsui & Co. for the long-term time charter of two LNG carriers.
  • Launched Europe / Asia / U.S. West Coast Service with 5,500TEU-type containerships.
  • Acquisition ISO 14001 in recognition of Environmental Management System from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NK).
  • Founded a new company "K" Line Total Logistics, LLC (KLTL) to promote "K"LINE group companies logistics capabilities.
  • Established "K" Line (Japan) Ltd. for strengthening container sales activities in Japan.
  • Opened a business base in Houston for Natural Gas transport services
  • Started its own shortsea car carrier services under the flag and the name of "K"Line European Sea Highway Services GmbH (KESS)
  • Decided to place new orders for four 8,000-teu containerships and five 5,500-teu containerships, to be delivered from 2006 to 2007
  • The Group obtained govermental permission to establish a new logistics J/V company named Shanghai "K"Line Z.F.Logistics Co., Ltd.
  • Founded a new company named Oriental Sea Highway Services Co.,Ltd.
  • Opened Beijing representative office
  • Ordered for three new 300,000 dwt super large ore carriers in accordance with long term voyage charter contracts.
  • Decided to place new orders for 145,000 m3 LNG carrier under a time charter agreement with J&S Cheniere. The vessel will be our first solely owned and operated LNG carrier.
  • Decided to place new orders for two 38,000 m3 fully refrigerated Ammonia/LPG carriers under a long term time charter agreement with Yara. These are our first contracts for the type of Gas carrier.
  • Concluded 20-year time charter agreement for three new LNG carriers for Tangguh LNG Project with the Tangguh Production Sharing Contractors.
  • Construction of the car carrier M/V Shanghai Highway with a capacity of 5000 units of vehicles by NACKS. This is our first shipbuilding projection in China.
  • KYH ( "K"LINE, Yang Ming, Hanjin) & PSA HNN set up a joint venture company, Antwerp International Terminal NV to operate multiple berths at Deurgank Terminal, Antwerp.
  • Concluded a time -charter contract with Exxon Mobil, the world biggest oil major, for a VLCC scheduled for completion in June 2007.
  • Delivery of a brand new 140,000 cbm type LNG carrier ARCTIC DISCOVERER for the Snohvit Project
  • Foundation of "K"LINE LOGISTICS, LTD. by merger of "K"Line Air Service, Ltd. and "K"Logistics, Ltd.
  • Delivery of a new 8000TEU container vessel HUMBER BRIDGE which is the largest containership ever built in Japan
  • Establishment of Overseas Liaison India.
  • A New Joint Venture between SAL and "K" Line.
  • Establishment of "K"Line Maritime Academy(India) to foster marine technical personnel.
  • Establishment of "K" Line Brasil Ltda.
  • Foundation of K LINE OFF SHORE AS with CHSM(Norway).Investing in Business of Offshore Support Vessels.
  • Established "K"Line Maritime Academy ( Philippines ).
  • A giant en bloc deal for consecutive voyage charter with 10 vessels signed with JSW Group in India.
  • First "Unimax Ore"-300,000 DWT type ore carrier "GRANDE PROGRESSO" delivered at Universal Shipbuilding.
  • Commenced full-scale cold ironing operation ( supplying shore-side electricity power to ships at berth ) at the ITS Long Beach container terminal.
  • Together with PSA Corporation and NYK Lines, "K"Lines established Asia Automobile Terminal ( Singapore ) Private Limited for terminal operation exclusively for car carriers.
  • Established "K"Line RORO & Bulk Agencia Maritima Ltda, an own agency in Brazil, to strengthen its car carrier, bulk carrier and energy transportation businesses.
  • "K"Line and four other companies participated in an ultra-deepwater drillship project led by Petroleo Brasileiro S.A ( "Petrobras" ) of Brazil.
  • ¥38.3 billion raised through a public offering and the issuance of new shares through third-party allotment.
  • Completion of construction of the KL BREVIKFJORD, the first large platform supply vessel owned and operated by K LINE OFFSHORE AS and the first offshore support vessel built by the "K" Line Group.
  • The SAL Group, a specialty heavy lift service provider, was made a wholly-owned subsidiary.
  • The head office was relocated to Iino Building, 1-1, Uchisaiwaicho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
  • Delivery of the ETESCO TAKATSUGU J, the first drillship in which “K Line” participates, to provide chartered service to Petrobras, the Brazilian state-owned oil company. The ship is engaged in deep-water drilling service in a pre-salt field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro for a maximum of 20 years.
  • ¥20.8 billion raised through the issuance of new shares in a public offering.
  • Establishment of K Noble Hong Kong Ltd., a joint venture with Noble Chartering, and the start of joint operation of several capsize bulkers.
  • Decision to order five 14,000-TEU containerships as replacements in its existing fleet to develop the containership fleet.
  • Decision to order five 14000 TEU large containerships.
  • Conclusion of a long-term Time Charter Contract and Shipbuilding Contract for a new LNG carrier for Chubu Electric Power, the Group’s first independent order of an LNG carrier for deployment in Japan.
  • Conclusion of long-term time charter contracts with a subsidiary of INPEX CORPORATION (INPEX) and with a joint venture of INPEX and TOTAL subsidiaries for one new LNG carrier each, two carriers in total.
  • Decision to order eight next-generation car carrier vessels having capacity of 7,500 cars that realize reduction of environmental burdens through improved loading capacity and fuel efficiency.
  • Foundation of a new company, “K” Line RORO Services Ltd., in charge of transport of RORO cargo (e.g., construction equipment, farm machine, cargo loaded on mafi), used cars and equipment.
  • Launched the “DRIVE GREEN PROJECT” for pursuing conservation of energy and environment, and announced construction of one of the large car carriers with a capacity of 7,500 cars as its flagship.
  • Decision on making additional orders for two next-generation car carrier vessels.
  • “K” Line and Ports America Reach Deal on Strategic Partnership in North America west coast terminal.
  • Decision on making additional orders for five 14,000 TEU large containerships.
  • Established “ Value for our Next Century” , a new five-year medium-term management plan.
    The new medium-term management plan is founded on our new Corporate Principle and Vision which were revised in advance for “K” LINE Group’s 100th anniversary coming in 2019.
  • Established “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050 “ Securing Blue Seas for Tomorrow” as the long-term environmental management vision for the global environmental conservation toward 2050.
  • Delivery of the supersized 14,000TEU container vessel MILLAU BRIDGE with the latest energy-saving technologies.
  • The first ship in the series of new design car carrier with a capacity of 7,500 units, HAWAIIAN HIGHWAY was delivered.
  • The first loading of railroad cars for inter-city high speed train service bound for the United Kingdom was implemented at  Kudamatsu Port in Yamaguchi Prefecture by our new design car carrier.
  • “DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY,” a next-generation environmental flagship, was delivered.
  • Signed a business integration contract with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. for the containership businesses and overseas container terminal businesses.