KAWASAKI Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) is to start a joint container service linking Asia with the west coast of South America in association with Compania Chilena de Navegacion Interoceanica (CCNI), Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and Nedlloyd Lines. The service, starting in January, will be offered by combining Nedlloyd's service and the one jointly operated by K-Line, CCNI and MOL, through a space-sharing agreement and co-ordinated itineraries. It would offer four sailings a month (fortnightly in Japan), with shorter transit times and wider port coverage, a K-Line spokesman said. 'We will now be able to cater for the constantly increasing cargo volume in the trade,' he said. 'We are all confident that our customers will be better served through this rationalised trade management approach which provides the highest service quality,' the K-Line spokesman said.