The Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) has inaugurated a major building project in the Philippines, both Phase 1 and 2 on schedule, as designed and at cost. Senior national officials and executives from Japan led the March 2 ceremonies, assisted by Manila affiliates, stakeholders and regulators.
Phase 2 is officially, Ocean Breeze; the ceremonial ribbon-cutting by select officials led by Pasay Rep. Imelda Calixto-Rubiano, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Maritime U/Sec Felipe Judan, the Japanese Ambassador to the Phil. Koji Haneda and “K” Line Senior Managing Executive Officer Eiji Kadono.
Sec. Bello notes, “… the vision for the Japan “K” Line and KLMA- Phil has come into reality – a building our Filipino seafarers can call home … with an array of services towards their professional development.”
Speaking on behalf of “K” Line President Eizo Murakami, Capt. Kadono says the new building can now provide comfortable accommodation to almost 300 seafarers while attending training courses at KLMA-Phil. (and may stay before and after onboard assignment on “K” Line fleet).
Kadono made clear, “We are confident that Ocean Breeze will be a new symbol for our company commitment and confidence with our business in the Philippines.”
Reflecting the import of the rites, major personalities were also present like Panama Ambassador Rolando Guevara Alvarado, officials of the Phil-Japan Manning Consultative Council and the Intl Mariners Management Association of Japan, among maritime executives, education leaders and government officials.
Observers watched for two implications: (a) courageous expansion here while “K” Line has downsized global operations and (b) solidifies commitment to make the Philippines a hub of regional operations.
A third significance are top-grade details, none of patchwork nor cosmetics: seafarers’ curricula and facilities for skill-based learning with cutting-edge equipment closely replicating shipboard realities. Amenities include larger and modern workstations, library and open study lounge, more and clean dorms and a full-service clinic directed by a medical professional.
The impressive approach is completed by a Marino World “K” Line Edition, putting into perspective decades of global operations, in preparation for the Group Centennial Year in 2019.
The edition is an envy of established companies in its holistic evaluation of the challenges and triumphs, identifying the risk-takers, the hands on the bridge, the leading minds on the charters of the seas and weathers, in compliance with regulators and over the competitions.
Full content of the Marino World “K” Line Edition may be accessed for free at http://www.marino-world.com/2018/02/28/marino-world-kline-edition/