As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares a state of emergency in Japan over the impact of COVID-19 on the nation, “K” Line has updated on its response to the crisis in Japan.
A statement published by the shipping company on 7 April highlighted that remote working programmes had already been in place since February 2020 in response to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of the company’s employees.
In case of a stay-at-home requirement by the Local Government, followed by a state of emergency issued by the Japanese government, “K” Line will implement remote work program for all employees whose working offices/homes are located within the requested area in Japan until the requirement lifted, the statement continued.
“The “K” Line Group will implement every possible measure to ensure the health and safety of our employees as first priority, and taking appropriate action following Government guidelines.”
“K” Line is part of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) alliance which was formed in April 2018 and saw the merger “K” LINE, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, and NYK Line.
On 6 April, ONE announced the suspension of the China-Australia service (CAE), which is jointly operated with Maersk and MSC, because of the impact of COVID-19.
In 2019 “K” Line celebrated the 100 years since its establishment.