June 6, 2013
The Long Beach Board Port Authority announced top ocean carriers in compliance with its voluntary ship speed reduction program in designated coastal zone for the purpose of reducing exhaust gas from their vessels as "Green Flag" commendation ocean carriers in 2012.
On 30 May 2013, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) received the prestigious Green Flag award from the Port Authority based on its total of 248 annual port callings meeting 99.2% compliance rate within 20 nautical miles from the port and 98% compliance rate within 40 nautical miles during 2012. Reducing fuel-oil consumption rate helps decrease CO2 emissions.
The Port Authority is asking calling vessels to comply with the speed limit of 12 knots within 20 miles (about 37 kilometers) from the port in order to reduce emissions of exhaust gas, with the same speed limit within 40 miles (about 74 kilometers) from the port. The Green Flag is awarded to shipping lines that have achieved high rates of compliance with this program and had a large number of ships call at the port. "K" Line actively participates in this program, achieving an extremely high rate every year. In this year, we were awarded the "Green Flag" from the port authority for eighth consecutive year.
The "K" Line Group is making every possible effort to successfully implement its own environmental program, as well as cooperate with any other environmental preservation objectives being introduced by other parties, and will continue to actively contribute to protection of the global environment.