K Line tracks down rail contract

K Line tracks down rail contract

Tokyo: Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has signed a deal to transport rail cars for Hitachi for a UK rail project.

The rail cars will be loaded onto new K Line vessels from the Port of Tokuyama-Kudamatsu, located near Hitachi’s Kasado plant, and will be discharged at the nearest port on the east coast of UK to Newton Aycliffe, where Hitachi is constructing the train plant for these rail cars.

A series of K Line’s 7500 unit size roro vessels are now under construction in Japan. Some of these vessels will be deployed into the Japan – Europe trade, and will serve for this transportation project from July onward for several years.

A total of 10 vessels of this series of 7,500 unit size have been ordered with the first vessel will be rolled out in July this year.

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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