K Line Ship Management (India)
KLSM 17B Seminar held in Goa 2017
The shipping industry is undergoing constant technical and legislative improvements with upcoming
KLSM 17A Seminar held in Mumbai 2017
K Line Ship Management Group, having the head office in Tokyo, and branches / subsidiaries in Singapore, Manila, Mumbai
KLSM 16B Seminar held in Goa on 15 & 16 of November 2016
K-Line Ship Management (KLSM) held its 16th Annual Seminar in India, 2nd Edition, "Seminar 16B" in Goa on November 15 and 16.
KLSM 16A Seminar held in Mumbai on 12 & 13 of July 2016
'K' Line Ship Management (KLSM) recently held the first chapter of their Annual Seminar, a two-day event, to interact with their valued assets The Seafarers.
KLSM 15B Seminar held in Mumbai on 19th & 20th of November 2015
Praises Seafarers for 'Zero Observations' at Vetting Inspections, Across the Fleet.
KLSM 15A Seminar held in Chennai on 13 & 14 of July 2015
The 15(A) Chennai Seminar was held this year at MGM Resort on 13th & 14th of July, 2015.
KLSM 14B Seminar held in Mumbai on 19 & 20 November 2014
K Line acclaims its seafarers for another step towards the aim of "Zero Accidents" & Zero Injuries".
KLSM 14A Seminar held in Chennai on 14 & 15 July 2014
The 14(A) Chennai Seminar was held this year at MGM Resort on 14th & 15th of July, 2014.
NORDIC RIVER" rescued an injured adventurer from Indian Ocean
One of our managing Ammonia Carrier, M/V "NORDIC RIVER", received an urgent rescue request from RCC Australia at 0150 Local Time on the 11th of July,
KLSM (Tokyo) Organization changes effective from 01st JULY 2014
I would like to inform you of the company board organization changes as per the resolution of Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders and Board of Directors Meeting on June 26th 2014.
KLSM (India) Expands Into Ship Management Business
KLSM India, proudly announces, that quickly following on the agreement in respect of ship inspection business with K Line (India) Pvt Ltd,
KLSM 13B Seminar Held In Mumbai on 21 & 22 November 2013
The KLSM Annual Seminar 13B was held at Hotel Satkar Residency in Thane on 21st and 22nd November, 2013.
KLSM (INDIA) Enters into Agreement with K LINE (INDIA) for Ship Inspection Business
KLSM (India) is pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement with K Line (India) Pvt. Ltd.,
KLSM 13A Seminar Held In Chennai on 16 & 17 July 2013
The 13th (A) annual seminar was held at Chennai, at MGM Resort, on the 16th and 17th July 2013.
Change Of Command At KLSM INDIA
In End of March 2013, Capt. Takehiko Ibusuki, C.E.O & M. D. of KLSM INDIA since formation.
Proud Achievement: MLC 2006 Certification
Today 12th Dec. 2012, (12.12.12.) was as historic for us as it is for this century.
KLSM Annual Seminar held in Mumbai 20 & 21 November 12
The 12 th (B) annual seminar was held at Mumbai, Ramada Hotel on the 20th and 21st November 2012.
KLSM Annual Seminar held in Chennai 10 & 11 July ’12
The 12 th (A) annual seminar was held at Chennai, Hotel Accord International on the 10th and 11th July 2012.
KLSM Annual Seminar held in Mumbai 28 & 29 November '11
The 11th annual seminar was held at hotel Ramada Powai on the 28th and 29th of Nov 2011.
KLSM Mumbai KKK President Mr Jiro Asakura Visits On Dussera Day The President of K-Line (KKK, Japan), one of the big 3 in Japan
The third and last of 2011 series of "Quality Improvement Session" ( or Mini-Seminar ) with Senior Officers from KLSM Pool was held at Mumbai
Having held the first edition of 2011 “Quality Improvement Session” ( or Mini-Seminar ) with Senior Officers from KLSM Pool at Chennai in May, the Second such event was organized at New Delhi on 26/July/2011 at Hyatt Regency.
The first edition of 2011 “Quality Improvement Session” ( or Mini-Seminar ) with Senior Officers from KLSM Pool was organized at Chennai on 24/May/2011.
Promoting transparency is the key to better understanding between top management and the employees.
The second “Senior Officers Quality Improvement Sessions” cum social gathering was held for Western region of India on July 26, 2010
The first “KLSM Mini Seminar” was held for South India region on May 22, 2010
KLSM 9th Seminar held in Mumbai, 4th & 5th November '09
Panama Consul General Mr. Julio Guardia paid a courtesy  visit to KLSM Mumbai  office  on 1st August 2009.

KLSM : Promoting excellence Chennai seminar underlines efficiency & teamwork


Words from the wise during tough times
Mr. Kuboshima’s Mantra: Focus on Training & Quality


BOX Treat Retreat
The families of the seminar participants were not confined to the hotel
rooms- in fact they remained very active, mainly outdoors.

Advocating a
     ‘Slow & Steady’
path to attracting and retaining seagoing staff
  Incoming KLSM President’s Message: “Your problems are our problems”
To rise rapidly above the safety & quality standards of the industry is the call of the hour
KLSM President Mr. S Maeda
"K" Line Ship Management (India) Pvt Ltd, Mumbai is proud to announce that we are now an ISO certified company since 27th August 2007.
First branch office in Chennai
"K" Line Ship Management Company (India) Pvt Limited (KLSM India) is steaming full ahead and spreading its wings in to reach areas beyond the shores of Mumbai.
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In 1971, Mr. Satoru Kuboshima, embarked on a career with K-Line Group, with dreams of working in the Global Village. There are always two choices when one wakes up in the morning – to go back to sleep and continue dreaming, or, to start work on converting the dreams into reality. Mr. Kuboshima chose the latter and today, the world is the playground for the President of K Line Ship Management Co Ltd, the in-house Ship Management wing of K-Line.

K-line stands amongst the top three Japanese shipping companies and Mr. Kuboshima is widely acclaimed internationally as the architect for the phenomenal growth of the Group. When he started his journey in the K-Line Group, the group had 2,800 Japanese seamen along with 1,200 Japanese staff members ashore. Today K Line employs over 600 Japanese ashore, 300 Japanese seafarers and around 7,000 seafarers from other nationalities. But Mr. Kuboshima aims even higher.

Marex Media caught up with the cheerful Mr. Satoru Kuboshima, who had dropped in at the Leela hotel in Mumbai for lunch with Capt. Takehiko Ibusuki (CEO & MD), Capt. Sudhir K. Goyal (Dir. & GM), and their entire team at KLSM India, along with their family members, before hopping on to a flight to Chennai.

Extracts from the interview…

Greetings, sir, what brings you to India?
(Laughs) Actually, I don’t need a reason to come to your country, which is well known for its diversity and hospitality. This time I am here for two engagements in Chennai. The first is at AMET University and the other one is KLSM’s in-house seminar.

What is on the agenda for the seminar this time?
We start on December 10 and finish at the end of the next day. The seminar will include Deck and Engine officers from all across India, as well as their families. These officers will get a chance to gain knowledge and to interact with the management within our Group.

As always, training and efficiency will remain the key aspects of our meeting, wherein the officers will also be updated about the latest developments in the industry, as well as within our Company. In addition, we will upgrade their skills, taking them to the next professional level. Many officers missed our last seminar in March, because they were on board and on the job at that time; this Seminar will be especially useful for them.

It is good to know that family members are also invited. Is there a special reason?
Well, business is not everything to us. Relationships are more important. In line with the K-Line culture, we value families as much as we treasure our seafarers. Unless the family is happy, the sailor will not be in the right frame of mind or perform to optimum levels.

The growing concern across the globe is the shortage of officers. How is K Line tackling this challenge?
In my opinion, there is no shortage of officers. The matter of concern here is qualified and efficient officers, which is what our industry lacks. We have a clear cut solution to tackle this issue, which is to train and retrain. We are determined to instill values of quality and excellence amongst our officers.

That is a refreshing view. What do you think about the recent market crash and industry worries at the falling freight rates?
Shipping is certainly hit quite badly worldwide, more so because the crash has been very sudden. Although it all started with the subprime crisis in the USA, cargo volumes are now getting affected, including in the bulk and container business. Many ship owners are distressed by cancelled orders and they may be forced to lay up ships eventually. We at K Line are more concerned about container carriers that are now in the line of fire.

Many charterers are slowing down. I will not be surprised to see some of them switching businesses. The next two years will be testing times for the shipping industry. We will see the ‘survival of the fittest’ theory in action.

What is K Line’s game plan? How are you gearing up to meet this challenge?
Firstly, we lay a lot of emphasis on planning and do not indulge in speculation. At K Line, we work for long term results.
Secondly, our company’s vision and mission is of utmost importance to us. We want to be known for safety, quality, training, and as efficient ship managers. I am glad that so far, we have not had any cancellation of orders.

If we go back a little, the shipping industry went through a very rough patch between 1982 and 1987. Many people from the industry discontinued training programmes and did not bother to upgrade seamen in various skills. This in turn led to the shortage of well trained and qualified officers. We must make it a point not to commit the same mistakes again otherwise disastrous times lie ahead.

Have the recent terrible attacks in Mumbai made any difference to your expansion plans in India?
Not at all. We stand by the people of India and will continue to come here. Moreover, India will continue to remain a major source of officers for K Line.

Is there any serious concern you have regarding the officers who are sailing today?
I am overall quite satisfied with the men we have aboard at K Line. There is one worry, however, and it is a thorn in the flesh. I call it ‘Early promotions’, and it is certainly a matter of concern. Some juniors want to be promoted too soon, even when the time is not right or even when they are not ‘ripe’. A few even end up giving up their jobs for better options elsewhere. Then there are those who, for a few more dollars, do not remain loyal to the Group. The manning industry is also responsible for this state of affairs.

We have to be strict at times and, sadly, even crack the whip. The Company’s principles come first. ‘Early promotions’ are justified only on very rare exceptional occasions.

Is your immediate family linked to the industry too?
No. Keiko, my wife, is a homemaker. My son, Yuki, is a business consultant with a world renowned automotive company, whereas Aki, my daughter, is a part of the Human Resources team of a well known company.

Finally, is there anything special that you would like to share with our readers?
Shipping is the backbone of the world’s economy. We can achieve a lot together even in these difficult times. I want to reiterate that we must lay emphasis on training and excellence that will undoubtedly help us progress, not only individually but also as an industry.
For our Group, our policies and principles remain unchanging. The management urges everyone at K Line to support us in these testing times, and I am sure we will see good times yet again


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