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August 18, 2016
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.

“K” Line Receives Recognition for Vessel Speed Reduction Program
from Both Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) is honored to have received recognition from the port authorities of both Long Beach and Los Angeles, for recording high level of compliance throughout 2015 with voluntary speed reduction by“K” Line’s containerships, car carriers and dry bulk carriers in the two ports’ respective programs in order to prevent air pollution and warming by slowing ships within the designated water. 

Ships participating in the program are asked to comply with speed limit of 12 knots within 40 miles (about 74 kilometers) from each port in order to reduce emissions of exhaust gases containing nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide (SOx), particulate matter (PM) as well as CO2 from ships.  As a result of this year’s achievement, “K” Line has been honored to receive this award from the Port of Long Beach for eleven consecutive years since 2005 and from the Port of Los Angeles for eight consecutive years since 2008 when their awards were commenced respectively.  Especially, as to the Long Beach program, there were only two carriers including “K” Line which both recorded more than two hundred calls at the port and more than 90% compliance rate.   

Recognition:
Long Beach Port “2015 GREEN FLAG VESSEL SPEED REDUCTION PROGRAM”
(“K” Line meets 99.31 compliance rate, totaling 286 compliant legs.)
Los Angeles Port “2015 VESSEL SPEED REDUCTION PROGRAM”
(”K” Line meets 100% compliance rate, totaling 63 compliant legs.)

“K” Line Group continues its focus on contributing to environmental and biodiversity conservation through its active participation in environmental initiatives taken by port authorities around the world in order to fulfill our mission to hand down a sustainable society as well as this blue and beautiful ocean to the next generation under “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050.

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