Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (“K” Line) has been honored by National Ocean and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) with a gold award for the company’s participation with the high level of compliance rate during 2018 voluntary Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) Incentive program. The major aim of the program was to protect whales in Santa Barbara Channel and San Francisco Bay Area, and also calls for vessels’ speed reduction sailing these waters.
Since last year “K” Line have been participating in this program and also been highly evaluated for the eco-friendly slow steaming of the car carrier vessels in the waters between July and November last year.
In addition to this, they have been commended for the program called ”Green Flag Program” at the Port of Long Beach by the port authority for fourteen consecutive years since 2005. This program os designed which asks vessels to reduce its speed within 40 nautical miles (about 74 kilometers) from the port in order to prevent air pollution. In 2018, “K” Line have achieved a great high compliance rate of over 90% for vessels’ slow steaming.
The focus of “K” Line Group continues to be on contributing towards environmental and biodiversity conservation through its active participation in environmental initiatives taken by port authorities around the world. The “K” Line Group contributes a lot in this field to fulfill their mission to hand down a sustainable society as well as the blue and beautiful ocean to the next generation under “K” Line Environmental Vision 2050.