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
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A conventional marine chart
KL BREVIKFJORD offshore support vessel (front left),
which is operating and offshore
KL BREVIKFJORD offshore support vessel
Offshore LNG production facilities
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