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November 18, 2002
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

"K" LINE Starts Total Vessel Performance Analysis System

It is a pleasure to announce that Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" LINE) has inaugurated "Total Vessel Performance Analysis System" into practice. It consists of "Abstract Log Control System" and "Remote Data Monitoring and Analysis System in Engine Plant." The systems make it possible to transmit Log Book and Engine Plant data of navigating ships to the Internet Data Center (iDC) by either HF (High Frequency) or a communications satellite (option being subject to cost performance). In the next process, the transmitted data can be shared on the Internet among all parties concerned on shore, offering a wider range of options for more efficient ship management and operation.

Taking advantage of the systems' capabilities, we will exert even greater efforts for the upgrading of efficiency in job performance and for promotion of paperless work procedures. We are convinced that these efforts will lead to further enhancement of safety in navigation/cargo operations and environmental preservation, fundamental objectives in "K" LINE's present management direction.

Abstract Log Control System

The Log Book into which ship's onboard crew input by PC can be promptly read by ship operators, shipowners and ship management companies since the data is already stored with iDC. Eventually, on a real-time basis, this will be able to help everyone concerned to keep better track of each ship's latest condition. The systems are being operated in full swing onboard 130 ships under "K" LINE operation.

Remote Data Monitoring and Analysis System in Engine Plant

This system enables automatic transmission of multiple data related to navigating ships and real-time monitoring on land. In combination with a performance analysis system, it also can help further expand and upgrade efficient engine management. Prior to the birth of this system, experiments were held with it on a trial basis for about one year onboard 11 ships that "K" LINE manages. The experiment proved it would be able to serve us to a significant extent for prevention of accidents. We are planning to install the same system onboard about another 30 ships within this year. The Systemfs functions are also being extended to Parts Control System, Performance Analysis System and to Planned Maintenance System.

For guidance, "Total Vessel Performance Analysis System" is being jointly developed between "K" LINE based on its long-time expertise in ship operational management and Kawaju Techno Service Corporation, under the technical support of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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