“K” Line signs contract to transport Hitachi rail cars to the UK

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line), a Japanese shipping line, has signed a contract with VANTEC HTS FORWARDING, LTD., a freight forwarding business that is part of Hitachi Transport System Group, to transport Hitachi rail cars for the Intercity Express Programme from Japan. The programme has been set up to replace the UK’s high speed rail fleet and “K” Line will therefore provide transport for the rail cars to the UK from Hitachi’s Kasado plant in Japan.

These rail cars will be loaded onto “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 the UK to Newton Aycliffe, where Hitachi is constructing the train plant for these rail cars.

A series of “K” Line’s 7,500-unit size RoRo vessels are now under construction in Japan. Some of these vessels will be deployed on the Japan – Europe trade, and will serve this transportation project for several years from July 2015.

A total of 10 vessels of this series of 7,500-unit size have been ordered. The first vessel will be rolled out in July 2015. These new vessels will give “K” Line increased car-carrying capacity of 20% as well as much more space for high & heavy cargo, including construction machinery. With these vessels “K” Line plans to continue to increase the handling of railway infrastructure as exports of such cargo from Japan are expected to increase.