Ever since we developed Japan’s first pure car carrier, we have continued to innovate technologically as a car transportation pioneer.
Toyota Maru No. 1, a multiple-deck car carrier,
In 1968, “K” LINE made history with the completion of Toyota Maru No. 1, a dual-purpose car carrier/break bulk ship. Cars were driven onto the ship and loaded throughout six decks using onboard elevators, filling a total capacity of 1,250 cars. In its day, the ship was developed as a dual-purpose car and grain carrier, carrying cars for export on the outbound trip, returning with grain loaded for import. Ever since the development of this dual-purpose vessel, “K” LINE has always been innovating in the area of transporting completely built-up cars.
Japan’s first pure car carrier, Toyota Maru No. 10,
As Japan’s automotive industry expanded and exports of domestically-manufactured cars grew, “K” LINE responded in 1970 by developing and building Japan’s first pure car carrier, Toyota Maru No. 10. By employing the RORO (Roll On–Roll Off) system, cars were driven onto and inside the ship using internal ramps, accommodating as many as 2,500 cars across nine decks. The term Pure Car Carrier we coined at the time has grown to be a part of today’s general maritime transport terminology.
The world’s largest and fastest pure car carrier,
European Highway, is deployed.
By 1973, European Highway, the world’s largest and fastest pure car carrier at the time (4,200-car capacity) was deployed into service, establishing a strong foothold in the world’s car transportation business.
Inauguration of DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY, a next-
generation, environmentally-conscious car carrier.
In 2016, in pursuit of becoming the ultimate energy-saving flagship, the 7,500-car capacity DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY was completed. While load capacity was increased by 20%, mainly through using a wide-beam design, advanced environmental technologies were employed, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 25%, NOx by more than 50%, and SOx by more than 90% per vehicle transported, as compared to existing super-sized ships.