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"K" Line European Sea Highway Services GmbH (KESS)

"K" Line European Sea Highway Services (KESS) is one of the major short sea carrier operators in Europe, transporting up to 800.000 units a year.

KESS was founded on 1st July 2003 as a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of “K” Line Tokyo, succeeding the operation of E. H. Harms GmbH & Co. KG – Car Feeder Service, the former joint-venture (50:50 E. H. Harms Group / K Line Tokyo) since 1991.

More than 20 years of shipping experience has resulted in contracts with all major car manufacturers under high-quality standards being approved by Lloyds’ Register ISO 9001 / 14001. KESS operates with 10 ice-going vessels (8 x ice-class 1A / 2 x ice-class 1C) which are also suitable for high and heavy ro-ro cargoes. The service network covered by KESS includes the whole of the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

The aim of KESS is to develop business in these areas and provide a first-class service to their customers.

Facts and Figures 

  • Headoffice Bremen, Branch Bremerhaven
  • Managing Directors: Torsten Wendt, Nobuyuki Yokoyama, Goro Kitamura
  • Number of Employees: 33