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Human resource development

Basic Principle

Further cultivating the open and innovative corporate culture, in which both the organization and individuals keep improving

Since the business activities of the “K” Line Group are conducted around the world, it is imperative for the Group to develop human resources with the expertise and broad perspectives essential for a global competitive environment as well as strong management and problem-solving skills. A free and open corporate climate in which employees respect each other’s capabilities and individuality and allow diverse values is also essential in order for those employees to acquire the capacity to continue growing and contributing to strengthen organizational competencies. Accordingly, the “K” Line Group regards human resources development as one of the material issues in its CSR, and is pursuing a range of approaches for this purpose.

Global initiatives of the “K” Line Group

  • Nurturing individuals who have professional knowledge and high management skills as well as integrity
  • Maintaining the corporate culture that appreciates mutual respect, freedom, and vigor; the traits enable each employee to use his/her ability proactively and allow the organization to overcome difficulties and grow continuously
  • Creating the environment where employees share what the company should be in the future and keep nurturing new abilities
  • Establishing efficient business procedures that bring maximum results with minimum effort; accordingly, employees can enjoy both work and life.

Development of Maritime Technical Personnel

Providing reliable and excellent services is the fundamental of the “K” Line Group’s business activities. In order to take over skills of safe navigation and cargo operations as well as know-hows of operational efficiency inherited and developed over the years, the group provides its seafarers with training programs such as trainings with simulators, lectures, and maintenance trainings at internal training facilities called “K” Line Maritime Academy located in several countries. In addition, the group offer on-the-job-training onboard the vessel, where trainees can experience the atmosphere of actual operation, so that the qualities of trainings can be further improved.

Initiatives for Human Resource Development

Stratified Training Programs

“K” Line offers stratified training programs for each level of employees to learn way of thinking and skills necessary as fundamentals for business persons playing important roles in the global business fields. Especially, employees entered as new graduates must take the programs every year from the first year to the fifth.

Training Programs for Middle Managers

“K” Line offers training programs for newly appointed middle managers to learn skills and knowledge necessary for the management. In addition, the Company has been offering training programs about labor compliance, in which more than 90% of middle managers has participated so far.

Work Style Innovation

Various initiatives to innovate work style at individual level are offered so as to maximize labor productivity by enhancing abilities of each individual. For example, we offer monthly seminars to all employees, focusing on themes such as Effective Emails, Facilitation Skills, the Art of “Toss and Tidying”, etc.

Development of Onshore Workers

OJT and OFF-JT as key means of development

We evaluate our staff members fairly based on the extent to which they have achieved their personal goals. Evaluation results are fed back to each staff member to improve the transparency of evaluation process and to encourage his/her development.

We assist this development, primarily with two programs: on-the job training (OJT) for mastering knowledge, skills, and procedures on-site, and job-class-specific group training (OFF-JT). Other training programs we offer include in-house and overseas language training, training at our overseas subsidiaries, and assistance for employees taking correspondence courses for personal development. We also provide onboard training for our onshore workers; a program specifically tailored for shipping companies. This helps individual participants improve their skills by providing them with a variety of opportunities, including experiencing work performed by seafarers on ships at sea.

"K" Line University

Staff members of the "K" Line Group from all over the world are invited to our training sessions called "K" Line University, which are held at one of our three bases - Tokyo, London, or Richmond (Virginia, USA). This training, held several times a year, deals with themes such as the "K" Line Group's visions and its future business development. "K" Line University provides participants with a valuable opportunity to speak face to face with people they would normally only communicate with by phone or e-mail, and to deepen their shared understanding.

Development of Seafarers

Developing specific career path plans

We respond flexibly to demands for marine technical personnel by developing the requisite measures for securing and developing human resources. We also provide our employees with motivating work environments in which they can derive pleasure from performing their jobs. We ensure stable and sustainable employment to help improve the company's performance, contribute to society and ensure the welfare of individual employees.

Development of Maritime Technical Personnel and their Career Paths

"K" Line Maritime Academy (KLMA)

KLMA for developing maritime technical personnel and improving their maritime technologies

KLMA is the aggregate of maritime technical personnel training programs, educational, training, and development programs including career path programs and training facilities in Japan and overseas. At KLMA, we train maritime technical personnel based on the KLMA Master Plan, designed to pass "K" Line Group's many years of accumulated maritime technologies on to the next generation. We thus strive to build an awareness of our safety standards, safety in navigation and cargo operation, and environmental preservation, improve maritime technologies, and pass them on to future generations. To maintain and improve "security, safety, and reliability" - the most important aspect of the "K" Line Group's activities - we need to educate our human resources in ways that ensure onboard operations including ship navigation are undertaken appropriately and that help eradicate marine accidents which have great impact on society and the environment, such as oil spills. To this end, our Group companies work together to foster outstanding crew members.

Education and Training Aimed at Developing the Career Path

A range of training programs, focusing on safety and the Environment

At the KLMA, the education and training are undertaken in accordance with the basic training matrix and in consideration of the type of job, career, and other elements of each crew member. The pre-boarding trainings include safety instructions and trainings on how to load and unload cargo and how to handle the engine. While the crew members are onboard, they receive onthe- job training from senior crew and dedicated instructors and teach themselves using computer-based educational programs. After disembarking, they also learn how to handle problems using a simulator and receive other training to reinforce what they have learned and experienced onboard. When crew members are promoted to more senior positions, they receive more advanced training, including education in leadership and stress management, as important skills for people in management positions. In this way, crew members master the maritime technologies that will enable them to operate ships with an emphasis on safe navigation and cargo operations and environmental preservation.

The KLMA System
The KLMA System

Acquisition of Latest Knowledge and Technology

Using new technology

Technical advances have led to, among many other changes, the computerization of ship equipments, electronic control of engines, generation of higher-voltage power by power generators to accommodate the increasing size of ships, and the use of the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS).

Accordingly, crew members these days are required to have new knowledge and response capabilities. The ability to use such state-of-the-art equipment is essential for ensuring safe navigation and cargo operations. Crew members are required to use equipment properly and safely while onboard. We therefore provide them with training to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills in new technologies before they board the ship. This prevents confusion onboard and ensures safety at sea.

ECDIS displays

ECDIS displays

A conventional marine chart

A conventional marine chart

  • electronic marine charts - current ship position with GPS and of planned navigation routes
  • other ships' information with radar, etc.
  • dangerous areas such as shallows and warnings
Column Marine Technologies for Offshore Energy Development Business
Expansion of business into the upstream energy-related business segments
Energy resources such as oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are essential for our daily lives. In the energy-related segments, "K" Line Group was formerly involved only in cargo transport, which is called the downstream segment. We have now entered offshore businesses, specifically the offshore development and production of energy resources for the upstream energy-related segments related to oil fields and gas field development and for the midstream segments represented by production and refining. Our main businesses in these segments include the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) business, or drilling of oilfields and gas fields, the LNG FPSO business, or offshore liquefaction and production of natural gas taken from a gas field, the offshore support vessel business, including installation of offshore development facilities and transportation of materials for them, and the CNG carrier business, or transport of compressed natural gas that is not liquefied.
Maritime technologies specific to offshore energy development businesses
Some of "K" Line's maritime technologies accumulated in its cargo transport business are applicable to offshore energy development businesses. Yet there are also technologies and know-how specific to offshore energy development businesses. For example, specialist knowledge and experience is required to operate the dynamic positioning system (DPS), which is used to run drilling vessels, staying in the same position for long periods. Other technologies specific to offshore energy development business include drilling vessels, liquefaction of natural gas at LNG FPSO, towing by offshore support vessels, and handling of anchors. We therefore need to recruit and foster maritime technical personnel who are highly experienced and who excel in these skills.
Safety and environmental considerations and sharing of information
Safety in navigation and cargo operation and environmental preservation, which are always required in the cargo transport business, also need to be considered in operating offshore energy development businesses. To prevent accidents, we need to ensure safe operation from every possible perspective and strive to master new technologies required for eco-friendly operation, thereby establishing a system for safe navigation, safe operations, and environmental protection. In entering a new business segment, we hold internal seminars and briefings to share the knowledge, technologies, and information needed to operate the business so they can be applied in future initiatives. In this way, we strive to establish an integrated system involving upstream to downstream segments of the energy development business.
KL BREVIKFJORD offshore support vessel (front left), which is operating and offshore production facilities

KL BREVIKFJORD offshore support vessel (front left),
which is operating and offshore
production facilities

KL BREVIKFJORD offshore support vessel

KL BREVIKFJORD offshore support vessel

Offshore LNG production facilities 

Offshore LNG production facilities

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