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Measures for Preserving Biodiversity

Considerations for the Eco-system

Promoting the use of environmentally friendly paints

When sea creatures attach to the hull, the resistance of the hull increases, and fuel consumption increases. It means the increase in CO ₂ emission.
When sea creatures which attached on the bottom of a ship are brought into other sea areas by voyage, it will affect the ecosystem.
Our company encourage to adopt low friction paint for reducing fuel consumption and preventing sea creatures from attaching to the bottom of a ship, try to reduce CO ₂ emission and maintenance of the biological diversity.
And also, we encourage to use low friction paint as well as existing paint (non-toxicity type silicon paint, polymer-based paint) to service ships.

A ship being coated with silicone paint (the red colored part) at the dry dock.

A ship being coated with silicone paint (the red colored part) at the dry dock.

Managing ballast water properly

Ballast water, which is used to retain the stability of the ship, contains marine life and may influence the eco-system in the area where it is discharged. We minimize the influence by replacing ballast water in ocean areas with less marine life, while ensuring the stability and safety of ships. We are also studying ballast water treatment systems, installation of which will be mandatory after the Ballast Water Management Convention comes into effect. Meanwhile, we are taking other steps to minimize the impact on eco-systems, such as the introduction of large containerships that use the smallest possible volume of ballast water and car carriers with fixed ballast made from concrete. On September 8, 2017, "International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments" (hereinafter referred to as the Ballast Water Management Convention) entered into force. Until ballast water treatment equipment is installed, management of ballast water in accordance with ballast water exchange standards is required, so we will continue to appropriately enforce ballast water management in accordance with the rules, regardless of whether it is effective or not.

Ballast water

Ballast water

We will provide unchanged services even after the "Ballast Water Management Convention" is in force

Considering these effects of ballast water transport, "K" Line promotes efforts to preserve biodiversity in order to maintain marine life and ecosystems as they currently are.

The Ballast Water Management Convention was adopted by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) in 2004. Prior to this convention going into effect, we installed ballast water treatment systems on large coal carriers with the cooperation of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai. We are utilizing knowledge and experience gained from this initial change and actively and systematically implementing ballast water treatment equipment on new ships and existing ships. We will continue to respond to the needs of all our stakeholders while continuing to do business in a manner satisfying all regulations.

Ballast water treatment process

*The above is an example of ballast water treatment equipment.