“K” LINE — Pioneer in Automobile Transport
“K” LINE —As a pioneer in the transport of automobiles using pure car carriers (PCC), “K” LINE provides services for the safe and timely transport of completely built-up cars. “K” LINE entered the completely built-up car transport service in 1970 with TOYOTA MARU NO. 10, Japan's first PCC. Since then, we have steadily upgraded our fleet to further raise our transport quality.
Safety Transportation and Environmental Preservation
“K” LINE not only makes unstinting efforts to transport completely built-up cars safely and without causing damage during the loading and unloading operations and navigation, but we are also making fleet upgrades to improve environmental performance. Upgrades include the use of fuel tanks placed within a triple-bottom structure to prevent oil leaks and protect the environment with enhanced fuel tank protection performance in the event of damage to the ship. We also adopted electrically-controlled engines on Car Carriers for the first time. Computer control of fuel injection timing and the opening and closing of exhaust valves reduces nitrogen oxide emissions and cuts soot and carbon dioxide during low-load operation. We are actively working to reduce environmental impact through the use of various cutting-edge technologies such as soot and dust removal equipment that uses ceramic filters to prevent soot dispersion.
Responding to Diversifying Customer Needs
In the automobile industry, production is shifting from traditional auto production countries to newly-industrialized countries. In conjunction with this change, the transport of completely built-up cars is diversifying around the world, and we believe that this trend will continue in the future. In response to these changes, we will continue our efforts to operate various types of ships and reinforce our global-spanning service network to meet customer needs.