"K" Line

"K" Line

“K” Line is the world’s 17th-largest container shipping company and one of the largest Japanese transportation companies. Established in 1919, the Ichikawa-based ocean carrier currently has a fleet of 78 container ships.

“K” Line, which has subsidiaries in America, Japan, and India, posted revenues of ¥1.2 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2013, up 7.9 percent year-over-year. The company recorded a net income of ¥16.6 billion, up 56 percent from the previous year’s net income of ¥10.7 billion.

“K” Line was the 11th-ranked container carrier in U.S containerized import trade in 2013, with volume of 741,104 TEUs, up 4.1 percent year-over-year, giving it market share of 4.1 percent. It was No. 13 in U.S. containerized export trade in 2013, with volume of 408,044 TEUs, up 2.7 percent year-over-year and market share of 3.2 percent. For more carrier rankings see the JOC’s Top 40 Container Carriers special topic.

COSCO, “K” Line, Yang Ming, Hanjin, and Evergreen Line have agreed in principle to an expanded CKYHE Alliance.

01 Nov 2014
The three largest Japanese container lines, MOL and “K” Line and NYK Line, all reported improved container shipping revenues in the six months from April through September but saw profits go in different directions. The results showed the effects of limited improvement in Asia to Europe rates but revealed challenges in port congestion in Asia and cascading of larger ships into north-south trades as mega-vessels are delivered into Asia-Europe.
07 Oct 2014
Carriers serving the trans-Pacific westbound trade from the U.S. to Asia will attempt to raise rates as of Nov. 1, arguing that rates currently “fall well below breakeven levels.”
26 Sep 2014
“K” Line has pled guilty to U.S. price fixing charges in the roll-on, roll-off market and will pay a $67.7 million criminal fine and take an extraordinary loss of roughly the same amount in its fiscal second quarter
"K" Line containers
24 Sep 2014
As “K” Line’s container shipping business hovers at break-even, the company says it will focus on growing other shipping segments while cost-cutting to keep its container business viable.
31 Jul 2014
Interim result season is in full swing, and the financial reports reveal carriers in the container-shipping industry searching for a silver lining.
02 Jul 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioners yesterday unanimously voted to allow CKYH partners and Evergreen Line to discuss cooperating in the trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades.
REX3/RES2/ARC2 port rotation
24 Mar 2014
CMA CGM, China Shipping Container Lines and United Arab Shipping Co. will launch a new jointly operated, fixed-day weekly service...
18 Mar 2014
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics today was fined ¥3.5 billion (about US$34.6 million) by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission for participating in a cartel...
Port of Shanghai
12 Mar 2014
Carriers’ schedule reliability from Shanghai to Oakland, Calif., showed the greatest variation in eastbound Asia-to-Southern California route performances...
18 Feb 2014
Evergreen Line has confirmed that it is in negotiations with the CKYH Alliance to form a new alliance...
NYK Line vessel
03 Feb 2014
Japanese carriers NYK Line, MOL and “K” Line posted combined losses of more than 14.5 billion Japanese yen (about US$144.4 million) in the first three quarters of fiscal year 2013...
Container ship
31 Jan 2014
Container ships arrived at their destination ports across the globe on time 73.7 percent of the time in December 2013...