K Line boosting Manila training setup

One of the biggest takers of Filipino seafarers is bolstering its training set up in Manila. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line), which relies on Filipinos for more than 75% of its crewing needs spread across its 400-plus strong fleet, is adding a new 11-storey tower block at its training centre in the Philippine capital.

The second phase expansion of K Line’s maritime academy should be complete by January 2018 and will include refurbishing its existing facility.

Most Japanese shipping lines tend to favour Filipinos for their crewing needs.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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