"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.

10 Apr 2015
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha has sold six container ships for nearly $92 million as it prepares to receive 10 vessels each with a capacity of 14,000 20-foot equivalent units.
"K" Line ship stack
02 Mar 2015
Japan’s third-largest shipping line, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, announced Monday it would be beefing up its LNG and bulker vessels over the next four years, while downsizing its container shipping fleet.
31 Jan 2015
Japan's three major diversified ocean carriers -- Mitsui O.S.K., NYK Line and “K” Line” -- posted profits for t
15 Jan 2015
The well-liked and respected IT leader, 46, built his career on a foundation of family history in the business, a deep understanding of the market and a talent for technology.
05 Jan 2015
With MOL’s container business in the red and performing worse than the other Japanese carriers, the company’s president in New Year’s message said 2015 would be a “counteroffensive year” in which it would get more aggressive in cost-cutting.
17 Dec 2014
Another set of historic rate increases are on tap for the trans-Pacific, as the 15 members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement announced hikes totaling $1,000 per FEU.
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.”