February 8, 2007
TOKYO, Japan - Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line) takes pleasure in having been recognized for its contribution to environmental conservation during 2006 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners that has been staging a voluntary ship speed reduction program to curb air pollution from exhaust gas in certain designated waters.
This is the 2nd consecutive years that "K" Line has had the honor of receiving this award.
This is an entirely voluntary program in which ships calling at the Port are asked to observe a 12-knot speed limit within 20 miles of the Port (about 37 kilometers) in order to curb emissions of exhaust gas. During 2006, a total of 5,648 sea voyages in and out of San Pedro Bay called at the Port of Long Beach, about 82% having voluntarily complied with the program's 12-knot speed limit that has been in place since 2001.
Ships operated by the "K" Line Group made 345 callings at Port of Long Beach with a 99.13% compliance rate during 2006 which is the highest among the carriers with more than 200 calls during 2006.
This recognition is evidence that the "K" Line Group is firmly committed to exert ceaseless efforts for achieving each environmental preservation goal defined in our own company program, as well as being strongly determined to cooperate with environmental preservation efforts carried out by other parties such as the Port of Long Beach in order to contribute to environmental preservation of our earth's limited resources.