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1947Kokuka Sangyo Kaiun Co., Ltd. is established, with marine transport operation, non-life insurance agent operation and commercial business operation. Begins shipping operations for coals, Carbon sulfide and Sodium hydroxide.
Headquarters is established in Ikuta-ku in Kobe City with JPY195,000 in capital.
1952Headquarters is relocated to Kita-ku, Osaka City.
1954The company name is changed to KOKUKA SANGYO CO., LTD.
1956First Sodium hydroxide carrier is completed.
Mihara Branch opens.
1960 First chemicals tanker gKOKURYU MARUh is completed, begins domestic operation.
1961Capital increases to JPY 5 million by capital participation of Japan Gas Chemical Co., Inc. (current MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC.).
1964A chemicals tanker gKOKUHO MARUh is completed, enters oceangoing business.
The worldfs first tanker for high temperature molten materials gOUKA MARUh is completed for shipping Molten phthalic anhydride.
The Japanfs first medium temperature, medium pressure ammonia tanker gKOKUSHU MARUh is completed.
1967The worldfs first molten Caprolactam carrier gEIKA MARUh is completed.
Japanfs first molten Sulphur carrier gKOKA MARUh is completed.
1968Tokyo branch opens in Nishi-shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
Stainless tanker gYUKA MARUh is completed.
1975Capital increases to JPY 250 million, Matsuyama Branch opens.
1980IWAI KAIUN LTD. is established.
1989Container ship gNISHO MARUh is completed.
2001Stock is transferred from TEIJIN LIMITED to MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC.
2002Enters business of shipping Methanol from Saudi Arabia.
2003Enters business of shipping Methanol from Venezuela.
2005Headquarters is relocated to Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo.
A Hydrogen peroxide carrier gRYOJITSU MARUh is completed.
2008Super eco ship gKOKUHO MARUh is completed.
2009Our largest chemicals tanker gJOSE PROGRESSh is completed.
2010Headquarters is relocated to Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo.
2011Capital reduction to JPY 100 million.
2013Receives TATSUMI SHOKAI CO., LTD.'s capital participation.
2015An LAG carrier "KOKUSHU MARU" is completed.
2020Headguarters is rebcated to Shimbashi,Minato-ku,Tokyo.