“K” LINE Outline and Management

  • When was the company established?

    Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. was established on April 10, 1919.

  • What are the major business sectors in which “K” Line is engaged?

    “K” LINE has been performing throughout the international community as a global shipping and logistics company. Its core business lies in shipping through the operations of a large number of ships all around the world, and expanding to terminal business and logistics business.
    For further information, please click:

    > Containerships  > Dry Bulk Carriers  > Car Carriers  > LNG Carriers  > Liquefied Gas New Business  > Tankers  

    > Terminal Operations  > Logistics

  • What kinds of business are the “K” LINE group companies involved?

    You can find various group companies' sites at the “K” LINE Group companies.

  • What is the difference between “K” Line and other shipping companies?

    As well as other major international shipping companies headquartered in Japan, “K” Line deals with a wide range of transportation business in accordance with customer demand. This includes Container Business for transporting consumer goods such as electrical appliances and apparel; Bulk Carrier Service to carry coking coal, iron ore, woodchips/pulp, etc.; Car Carrier Service for motor vehicles; Energy Transportation including LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), Thermal Coal, Oil and Oil Products; Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) which involve in cargo shipment to production and drilling facilities such as offshore oil and gas fields, and anchor hoisting and tug boat operations when moving such facilities; and Global Total Logistics Service. On the other hand, most reputable overseas shipping companies tend to concentrate on a single category in marine transportation. Full range service in shipping, however, is characteristic of major Japanese carriers.

    The ratio of marine transport business within “K” Line’s total company revenue is comparatively high, and in this segment we intend to expand business segments of Bulker & Car Carrier, Energy Transportation, and Logistics where we can generally expect to secure more stable profit.

    We aim at expanding and/or strengthening our business opportunities through closer and more direct access to markets via the network of our group companies, both globally and domestically, to provide the most suitable service for each customer. We are developing greater earning capacity and growth of power on the principle of a smaller number of employees but with a more efficient operation. For guidance, we do not operate any Cruise Ships, but do have Ferry Service operated by Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. 

  • What are “K” LINE’s business policies and future vision?

    In regards to the Corporate Principle and Vision, please see below;

    Corporate Principle


    “K” LINE Group established the new midterm management plan “K” LINE Vision 100. With drastic changes in the recent business environment surrounding the “K” LINE Group and financial targets for the fiscal year 2008 being achieved a year ahead of the schedule, the “K” LINE Group newly established the consolidated midterm management plan “K” LINE Vision 100 covering the period from April 2008 to March 2012 towards the 100th anniversary of “K” LINE in 2019.

    “K” LINE Vision 100 advocates "Synergy for All and Sustainable Growth" as its main theme and has set up five basic management issues toward the synergy with all the “K” LINE Group’s stakeholders and the sustainable growth as well as the 100th anniversary vision, including activities to promote the priority management issue of environmental protection. Based on these, profits planning and financial targets for 4 years from April 2008 to March 2012 have also been established.
    Please refer to the column of management plan for further details of  “K” LINE Vision100.

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • What measures are you taking to establish corporate governance?

    We have the Board of Directors and Board of Auditors assume the responsibility for development, execution and oversight of the corporate governance system. We are also trying to make the system more perfect in cooperation with various committees and other bodies.

    Corporate Governance


    • Introduction of an executive officer structure was resolved at Annual Shareholders’ Meeting for Fiscal 2006 held on 26 June 2006.
      We now have 15 directors, 5 corporate auditors (3 of them are external corporate auditors), and 23 executive officers.
      Board of Directors and Corporate Auditors.
    • We have dedicated ourselves to complying with the Company’s Standards of Ethics, established in April 2001, and have set up a system for risk management by appointing staff to be in charge.
    • We are disclosing our consolidated financial status every quarter. This frequency of disclosure started from 3Q of Fiscal 2002.
    • We have reinforced our IR-related organization to perform timely and exact disclosures in relation to management information about the “K” LINE Group.
    • On July 1, 2004, Internal Audit Office was set up for the purpose of further development and reinforcement of corporate governance.
    • We are trying to arrange for the best internal system in order to fully comply with the “Law on Protection of Personal Information” that entered into effect in its entirety on April 1, 2005.
      The Board of Directors has mapped out a direction for personal information protection and relevant in-office regulations, details of which can be seen on our “K” LINE Homepage.
      Privacy Policy
    • CSR Division was established on January 1, 2006.
      We are aiming to improve our stake-holder satisfaction, suggest outgoing transmission of CSR activities, and add corporate value by way of checking whether division-wise operating activities fulfill their social responsibility and guiding them appropriately.
  • What are “K” LINE’s environmental protection efforts?

    “K” LINE recognizes preservation of the environment and safety of ship operations as top-priority assignments of management, and has adopted strengthened measures for environmental preservation.

    In May 2001, we established “K” LINE Group' s Environmental Policy and ISO14001 certificate was acquired in February 2002.
    In accordance with ISO 14001 certification, every effort is being extended to put our environmental management system in order. We are diligently and honestly dedicated to the realization and day-to-day practice of environmentally friendly marine transportation services.
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    Environmental Management
    Marine Safety Management

Corporate Stock Relations

Financial Condition