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President's Message

田鍋孝明 社長(写真)

Kobe Shipping Group owes its origins to Tanabe Koun Co., Ltd., a company Mr. Kikuo Tanabe founded more than 50 years ago. In 1973 the company started Kobe Shipping Agency Co., Ltd., which allowed the company to expand its business from not only Korean crew recruiting but to owning ships many of which were time chartered out to Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Ltd. (NYK LINE)
Kobe Shipping Agency also provides crew manning as well as overall ship management services.
In 2006, Hinode Kosan Co., Ltd., a company specializing in crew manning, was founded, and has developed a close association with the Seamen’s Training School in China.
Kobe Shipping Co., Ltd., the parent company, built the company’s first large sized container carrier (4,900TEU) in 2007, its first cape-sized bulk carrier (177,000DWT) in 2008, and its first lite bulk carrier (70,000DWT) in 2012. These vessels are on time charter to NYK Line, a company that we have a very long and close relationship with.
In 2008, Kobe Shipmanagement Co., Ltd., as a new company of ship management, commenced operations and through our many years of experience in ship management we are developing new markets and opportunities for the company.
Kobe Shipping Group now has three companies, Kobe Shipping Co., Ltd., Hinode Kosan Co., Ltd., and Kobe Shipmanagement Co., Ltd. Each of which is focused on a key area of shipping, ship building, ship manning and ship management.
In 2010, a new company building was completed in Nada-Ku, Kobe, and that makes the business more efficient.
What is more, we were pleased to celebrate our 40th anniversary of foundation on April, 2013 under the patronage of our valued customers.
Kobe Shipping Group currently has operations in the following countries.
1. In Japan, our headquarter’s office is in Kobe, and we also maintain a Shikoku office.
2. Overseas, we have formed a close association with Busan Shinho Shipping Co.,
Ltd. in Korea, our partner office in Dalian, China, Alpha Shipmanagement Corporation in the Philippines, and ACGI Shipping Inc., a general crew agency with offices at all West Coast Ports of North America. Through our own offices and those of our partners we have created a network on all sides of the Pacific Ocean. This allows our group of companies to provide ship management and crewing services where ever our customer’s vessels may call.
We are continuously making every effort to improve our services as it is our desire to establish our name in the history of the maritime business.