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Our containership services are used to transport a diverse range of products that are closely related to people's lives from general consumer goods to parts and raw materials. Containership services are offered worldwide through the four hubs of Japan, Asia, Europe and North America, which we position as a core "K" Line business. We have established world-class alliances with shipping companies in China, Taiwan and South Korea and operate main East-West routes between Asia and North America, Asia and Europe, and Europe and North America. In addition, we also offer the intra-Asian routes covering the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, and the South-North route linking South America, Australia and Africa with Asia and other regions.
"K" Line is a global carrier that boasts a fleet of approximately 75 ships as of the end of March 2013 and are systematically upgrading our fleet.
"K" Line's containership transport services are distinguished by high-frequency and stable schedules and high-quality service. By focusing all of our energies on meeting diverse customer needs, we have established a solid reputation among leading companies around the world, several of whom have named us Carrier of the Year. "K" Line services are also characterized by its own infrastructure, including the operation of container terminals—the link between marine and ground-based transportation—in Japan, the U.S. and Europe, and two-level, special-purpose trains known as double-stack trains in North America.
The most important mission of a transportation carrier is to deliver the freight entrusted to it by its customers to the destination safely and in the same condition it was received. In addition to transporting general container freight, we provide technical support to customers for transporting hazardous materials and over-sized items that cannot be stowed in containers to ensure integrated and safe marine and onshore transport. We also strive to protect the global environment by taking measures such as fuel-efficient cruising to reduce greenhouse gases emitted by ships and using onshore power when ships are docked at our terminal in Long Beach, California to eliminate fuel consumption by our ships.
Under the CKYH Green Alliance that "K" Line established in 2001 with COSCO (China), Yang Ming (Taiwan) and Hanjin Shipping (South Korea), we have established and furthered cooperation on main East-West routes (Asia-North America, Asia-Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic routes) and other routes to raise service quality by optimizing the ship assignments of each carrier and increasing loops with high customer demand. We are also working to secure terminals at major ports around the world and establish feeder networks to expand the alliance's service network and enhance service quality even further.
"K" Line completed construction of 13 8,000-TEU containerships from 2008 to 2012 and has allocated them primarily to European routes. In addition, we have ordered 5 large 14,000-TEU containerships for completion in 2015. We are equipping these large newbuildings, which will replace existing medium-size vessels, with the latest energy-saving features. We will use this fleet of newbuildings incorporating the latest technologies to raise service quality and enhance our international competitiveness.
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