Honours to K Line’s president
Yoichi Hasegawa, a former senior managing executive officer of the Japanese shipping company K Line, and current president and CEO of Taiyo Nippon Kisen Co Ltd (TNKC), one of K Line’s consolidated ship management companies, has been awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy. The honour is in recognition of his contributions for the relationship that K Line and TNKC have developed with the academy and for the support to develop the academy’s facilities. TNKC began to man vessels with Bulgarian ship officers in 1997 and established Stargate Maritime Ltd as a manning company in Bulgaria in 2004. Bulgarian officers currently serve aboard about 30 TNKC ship management vessels. Some 400 Bulgarian officers have been hired by TNKC group for the task. K Line and TNKC have supported the development of the facilities of the Naval Academy since 2005.