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"K" Line launches emission reduction project

"K" Line launches emission reduction project

Tokyo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) has begun a project to reduce CO2 emissions onboard all its owned or operated car carriers in Ise/Mikawa Bay using economical speed navigation

Although the liner company maintains that it has periodically operated car carrier vessels at economical speed navigation in the open ocean, this is the first trial where large-sized ocean-going vessels will continuously operate at economical speed navigation in the inner sea of Ise/Mikawa Bay.
 
In a statement to the press, "K" Line said, "An average of 4 tons of CO2 can be cut for each voyage by a 3-knot reduction in speed. "K" Line now has 500 car carrier calls in Ise/Mikawa Bay each year, and it is expected that based on half of full benefit, CO2 emissions will be reduced by about 1,000 tons per year."

The company has also announced the opening of an overseas liaison office in India with effect from July 1, in order to strengthen its dry bulk and car carrier businesses in the country.

"K" Line said "India is sustaining a high rate of economic growth and given expectations for a considerable increase in dry bulk cargo movements in the near future. Further sales increases and significant production centered on economy compact cars are also anticipated in the Indian auto industry due to the expansion of domestic demand in light of healthy economic growth and the government-led policy of positioning India as a center for the supply of compact cars. The establishment of a liaison office in such a market expands "K" Line's car carrier service network in the Indian Ocean Rim and actively promotes the entry to new owners of cargo and new cargoes."  [30/04/07]
 

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