Thommesen Gården

"K" Line Offshore is located in Thommesen Gården near Pollen, Arendal

“K” LINE OFFSHORE AS is a ship owning and operating company in the Offshore Support Vessel segment founded in Arendal, Norway in October 2007 by the major Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.(“K” Line).

The Company ordered two (2) ultra large, 34,000bhp Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels (AHTS) and four (4) large, 5,100DWT Platform Supply Vessels (PSV) from STX OSV (today VARD), and these state-of-art vessels were delivered between Q3 2010 to Q2 2011. All new builds are designed to be environmentally friendly “CLEAN DESIGN” vessels.

The Company passed an important milestone in its development when it took delivery of a UT755L PSV, the “KL Arendalfjord”, in October 2008, and started operation in the North Sea.

The Company’s goal is to become a preferred global provider of offshore support services to oil and gas fields . Our advanced new builds are ideally suited for new oil and gas fields in ultra-deep water, harsh environments and/or remote areas.

As of August 2014 the company has the PSVs KL Arendalfjord and KL Brevikfjord on long term contracts for Petrobras in Brazil. While the PSVs KL Brisfjord and KL Barentsfjord are on a contract for ConocoPhillips UK. The PSV KL Brofjord and the AHTSs KL Sandefjord and KL Saltfjord are trading in the spot market in the North Sea.

During more than 5 years of operation the company has been succesful in becoming an important provider of quality tonnage, with professional and well motivated staff onboard and ashore.

OSM Offshore AS has a shipmanagement contract and is the technical and crewing manager for the fleet.


LNG Tanker chartered by Statoil

“Golden Gate Bridge”
5.500 TEU container ship

Arctic Discoverer

"Arctic Discoverer"
140,000cbm LNG Tanker currently being chartered by Statoil for a period of 20 years

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line)

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. ("K" Line), which is one of the major Japanese shipping companies, is listed on the stock exchange in Japan and has been operating since 1919.

As of August 2014, a total fleet of about 600 “K” Line vessels were involved in a variety of shipping segments such as Container Vessels, Bulk Carriers, Car Carriers, LNG Carriers, Crude Oil Tankers, Heavy Lifters and Offshore Support Vessels.

In 2007, “K” Line announced a major investment plan. It called for the company to enter the offshore vessel business, a market in which Japanese operators are not major players and “K” Line Offshore AS in Norway was established.