Establishing Emergency Response Capability
Emergency Response Manual
Expertise accumulated through drills
In our Emergency Response Manual we have set out the actions we must take in the event of emergency. We regularly conduct emergency response drills to confirm the roles of staff members and departments. After the drills we always discuss issues regarding the application of the manual at post meetings to improve all functions in the drill. The Emergency Response Manual contains the expertise we have accumulated through these drills. Needless to say, however, it is important to operate ships safely day to day to help ensure that we never have the opportunity to actually apply the manual.
Emergency Response Drills
Emergency response drill assuming a large-scale oil spill
K Line conducts emergency response exercise every year.
The exercise termed as an effective way to confirm the operational condition of communication network, smooth establishment of Emergency Response Team and the subsequent Emergency Response towards the emergency.
While using scenario assuming vessel involved in collision with subsequent oil spill and crew injury making the event more explicit to deal with various emergency situation at instance.
The participation of relevant parties such as president, Ship Management Company and Charterer make the event more realistic and momentous.
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Emergency Response Headquarters
Column Efforts for Eradicating Piracy
- Efforts by the international community to eradicate piracy
- Pirates rampant in the waters off the coast of Somalia, in the Gulf of Aden, and in the Arabian Sea have now expanded their scope to the Indian Ocean, threatening the security of shipping routes connecting Asia with the Persian Gulf and Europe. These pirates are different from those in the Straits of Malacca and near the coast of West Africa who primarily aim to steal money and goods. Their aim instead is to hijack ships and obtain large amounts of ransom by taking the crew members hostage; and they use ships they hijacked as mother ships for piracy over a wide area. In response, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution calling for uncompromising action against piracy. The International Maritime Organization has also passed a resolution requesting that nations act to eliminate the problem. Based on these resolutions, international naval forces currently provide escorts for ships passing through the area, and aircraft from various countries conduct patrols of the affected area. The international community is also performing missions to recapture hijacked ships.
- Measures for ensuring safety of our ships that pass through the affected area
In addition to receiving escorts by the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and international naval forces, we take a variety of measures that give top priority to our crew members' security. For example, we take shipping routes that allow us to avoid attacks by heavily armed pirates. We also prevent them from obstructing pirate's skiffs by sailing at high speed, using high-pressure water sprinklers, and installing razor wire. Crew members are made to wear bulletproof vests and helmets to protect themselves from gunfire. For low-speed ships and ones with low decks, which are vulnerable to pirate attack, our precautionary measures include avoiding affected areas and sailing around the Cape of Good Hope at the south end of Africa.
Area around the Gulf of Aden