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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha applies for Specified Vessel Introduction Plan

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd (K Line) has applied for the Specified Vessel Introduction Plan with Japan Marine United Corp. (JMU), as a shipping company working on the Introduction of Vessels with Excellent Environmental Performance (specified vessels) based on the Maritime Industry Strengthening Act, and was certified by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) on 23 March 2022. This certification is one of the first certifications since the start of the system for Specified Vessel Introduction Plans.

Outline of the system for Specified Vessel Introduction Plans

Maritime Industry Strengthening Act (a law to strengthen the foundations of the maritime industry responsible for maritime transportation related to Japan) came into effect in August 2021. Based on this act, ship operators and shipbuilders certified as a business foundation strengthening plan can jointly formulate a plan for the introduction of specified vessels (Specified Vessel Introduction Plan) and apply it to MLIT. In case the plan is recognised to meet the prescribed certification requirements, MLIT will certify it.

Contents of the application


  • Ship operator: K Line.
  • Shipbuilder: JMU.
    • Business Foundation Strengthening Plan certified: 14 September 2021.

Vessel to introduce

  • Gross tonnage approximately 110 800 t.
  • DWT: approximately 209 490 t (designed dead weight: approximately176 790 DWT).
  • KeelLaid: May 2023.
  • Delivery: March 2024.
  • Service Route: Intended mainly for bulk cargo business between Australia and Japan.
  • Others: Selected as the project to promote the introduction of advanced technologies that simultaneously realise social change and logistics decarbonisation (of which: promotion of introduction of LNG fuel systems, etc.) publicly offered for financial year 2021.


  • LNG-fuelled large scale bulk carrier.
    • With LNG fuel, it is expected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by approximately 40% (compared to conventional heavy oil).
    • Installation of ‘Seawing’, an automated kite system utilising natural wind energy for further CO2 emission reduction.
    • Installation of integrated ship operation and performance management system Kawasaki Integrated Maritime Solutions (K-IMS) on the fleet to minimum fuel consumption (CO2 emissions).

K Line has revised a part of its long-term environmental guideline, K LINE Environmental Vision 2050, and has set a new goal for 2050 “to achieve net zero GHG emissions”. K Line will actively work to reduce environmental impact by researching, developing, and introducing ships with excellent environmental performance.

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