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August 21, 2002
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

"K" LINE Successfully Develops "VAN-PRO"
a Computerized System for Stowage of Marine Containers

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (hereunder referred to as "K" LINE or the Company) successfully developed

"VAN-PRO,"a sophisticated computerized system that enables the mapping out of a stowage plan for loading cargo onto a marine container for safety and efficient ocean transportation. The system makes it possible to easily produce an optimal stowage plan based on the Company's long-accumulated know-how and marine technology in cargo stowage for containers.

In order to deliver the stowage plan much faster, resulting in better customerservice, "K" LINE is planning to utilize "VAN-PRO"system not only in the Company itself, but also among group companies, overseas subsidiaries and agents, etc.

"VAN-PRO" is easy to use, and run on Microsoft® Windows® operating system. Inputting cargo size (length, width, height), weight, packing style and number of packages, the system automatically calculates and makes the optimal stowage plan. Manual calculation and modifications are also operable."VAN-PRO"has the following main functionalities :

  • demonstrating stowage plan in 2D and 3D views
  • making real time simulation on screen at the time of drawing/modifying a stowage plan manually;
  • transmitting stowage data on e-mail between "VAN-PRO"-installed PCs;
  • making and outputting a CLP into a spreadsheet;
  • planning stowage of not only dry containers but also flat-rack containers and open-top containers;
  • choosing the best automatically from among flat-rack containers, open-top containers and break bulk based on size and weight being input;
  • figuring out necessary number of lashing required through simulations with system's data of pitching and rolling being prospected during navigation when flat-rack and/or open-top containers are used;
  • calculating, with system's chassis-related data, a cargo load to each axis of each wheel at the time of loading onto a chassis, which enables simulations and verifications on compliance with U.S. I.C.C. rules and regulations
  • making assorted stowage in compliance with the segregation table of IMDG Code when hazardous cargoes are loaded;

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