Bulk carrier services have been providing and developing new global business activities in transport of iron ore, coal (for the production of steel), grain and raw materials for paper (chips and pulp), as well as transporting overseas thermal coal for power plants. This is playing an important role in stablizing power supply in Japan as the demand for thermal coal by power plants in Japan has been on the increase year-after-year.
Efforts are underway to satisfy market needs in off-Japan trades as well as in the Japan-centered trade. Along this business direction, "K" Line opened a Bulk & Gas Division in "K" Line (Europe) Ltd. that started business operations at the end of May 2002, in addition to "K" Line Pte Ltd in Singapore whose operations began in 2001 as a subsidiary of "K" Line. We are focusing our endeavors on developing new customers and increasing new business opportunities in coordination with regional-rooted business practices as well as continuously improving service to our existing customers
The Corona-series of thermal coal carriers was developed by "K" Line on its own, and are being highly estimated by cargo owners. The high-profile feature of a wider hull requiring a shallower draft is designed in consideration of berth conditions at power plants. The Corona-series has been gradually developing into a standard for thermal coal shipping business in Japan.
Tanker business requires safety as well as economy. Keeping environmental conservation in mind, "K" Line has been striving for replacement of single-hulled tankers with double-hulled tankers. Prevention of oil spill accidents at sea is a top-priority assignment of "K" Line, and 10 out of 11 tankers we are now operating are in fact double-hulled.
"K" Line educates its crew members through opportunities for class room study, simulated drills and onboard training that will give them valuable experience and enhance their ability to prevent accidents as well as cope with accidents so as to control and minimize damage.In this manner, "K" Line offers safety and efficient energy transportation by integration of ship, crew and system.
On June 1, 2010, "K" Line America commenced operations as the North American General Agent for the heavy lift carrier SAL (Schiffahrtskontor Altes Land) using the brand name SAL Heavy Lift USA. SAL operates in the upper end of the heavy lift market.
The 16 SAL ships are uniquely designed to carry super heavy cargo weighing up to 2,000 tons a piece. These
ships have the superstructure forward to create an open cargo platform which can be loaded while maintaining
good bridge visibility for safe navigation. The ships have reinforced decks and specialized ballasting systems.
The two newest ships feature a crane capacity of 2 x 1,000 metric tons SWL and maintain the unrivalled speed of 20 knots. They are the biggest heavy lift vessels of this kind in the world.
SAL provides customized and reliable sea transportation solutions for all types of project cargoes including heavy machinery, equipment for the oil and gas industry, (offshore) wind energy, cranes and floating cargo.