K Line in Free Children’s Book Scheme


Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (‘K’ Line) has announced that it has provided free ocean transportation of books for children to be donated to the ‘Mobile Library Project’ promoted by NPO ‘South African Primary Education Support Initiative (SAPESI)’ in the Republic of South Africa.

SAPESI is an NPO established in South Africa to help improve the quality of primary education in the country, and the Mobile Library Project is an activity to operate mobile libraries, donated from Japan with books sent from various English speaking countries such as the US, around primary schools across the country.

K Line has been supporting the project since 2011 by providing free transportation of children’s books that are collected and presented by group companies of Sony Corporation, who has been supporting the activity of SAPESI as well.

In 2016, K Line has already transported more than 12,000 books from Singapore, UAE and the US to the Port of Durban, South Africa, with its container vessels.

After the arrival of those books at the Port of Durban, staff of K Line Shipping (South Africa) PTY Ltd – an affiliated company of K Line in South Africa – have voluntarily provided repairing and sorting works of the book, which have been sorted by direction and sent to each mobile library.

“K” Line, in cooperation with Sony Corporation at each other’s local affiliates, has transported more than 100,000 books so far. Hoping that the books presented to the project may contribute to the improvement of the quality of education, as well as give children in South Africa dreams for the future, K Line would continue to contribute to the society through its core business, ocean transportation.

A new announcement is likely to be released shortly which could involve K Line entering into an alliance agreement with a number of other carriers, including Mitsui O.S.K Lines and Hapag Lloyd AG.

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