The City of Fukuoka administers the Port of Hakata and manages and develops the port.
In 2007, the Port of Hakata served 35.7 thousand vessels, including 5772 international vessels and almost 30 thousand domestic vessels. Excluding cargoes hauled by ferry, total cargo volume in 2007 reached 30.2 million tons, including 14.6 million tons of foreign trade and 15.6 million tons of domestic trade. International trade cargoes through the Port of Hakata included 5.5 million tons of exports and 9.1 million tons of imports. Ferries carried a total of over two million tons of cargo in 2007.
Major categories of exported cargoes through the Port of Hakata in 2007 were dominated by rubber products (2.1 million tons). The Port of Hakata also exported 905 thousand tons of automobiles, 539 thousand tons of recycled materials, 318 thousand tons of industrial machinery, 205 thousand tons of chemicals, and 171 thousand tons of electrical machinery.
The Port of Hakata imported 959 thousand tons of furniture; 829 thousand tons of animal and plant feed and fertilizers; 720 thousand of wheat; 518 thousand tons of clothing, personal
Belongings, and shoes; 444 thousand tons of fruits and vegetables; 439 thousand tons of electric machinery, and 410 thousand tons of sweet corn.
In 2007, the Port of Hakata's container terminals handled a record 749.8 thousand TEUs of seaborne containers. Exports, including automobiles and motorcycles, increased by 21 thousand TEUs. Imports of electrical machinery and furniture increased by 17 thousand TEUs.
In 2007, the Port of Hakata served over 2.1 million ship passengers, including 843.7 thousand international services passengers and almost 1.3 million domestic passengers.
In total, the Port of Hakata has 44 mooring berths with depths over 7.5 meters and 27 mooring berths with depths below 7.5 meters. The Port of Hakata contains 25 transit sheds for general cargo covering almost 65 thousand square meters, two vegetable sheds covering 11.2 thousand square meters, three inspection sheds covering 2.2 thousand square meters, and 30 repair facilities covering 78.4 thousand square meters. The Port of Hakata contains a total of over 25 thousand square meters of freight sorting yards and 968.6 thousand square meters of open sheds.
The Aratsu area in the Port of Hakata is an intermediary port for oil cargoes that handles almost 4.4 million tons of cargo per year. This 33.3-hectare Port of Hakata site handles petroleum products, heavy oil, liquefied petroleum gas, and chemicals that are consumed in Kyushu and Fukuoka City. The Aratsu area contains nine private landing bridges.
The Port of Hakata's Suzaki Wharf is an important grain distribution center for Kyushu. The Suzaki Wharf has 18 berths totaling 2113 meters in length with alongside depths from 5.5 to 11 meters. The wharf covers a total of 79.1 hectares and handles about 1.5 million tons a year of wheat, corn, beans, steel products, and wood products. The Suzaki Wharf in the Port of Hakata contains 15 general cargo sheds with a total area of 43.1 thousand square meters, a freight sorting yard of 15.3 thousand square meters, and an open storage yard of 16.8 thousand square meters.
The Hakata Pier handles regular domestic services and municipal ferry services in the Port of Hakata. The Hakata Pier has two berths. Berth 2 is 105 meters long with alongside depth of 5.5 meters, and Berth 3 is 147 meters long with alongside depth of 7.5 meters. Covering almost 5 hectares of reclaimed land, the Hakata Pier handles about 140 thousand tons of cargo per year. Cargoes include beverages, water, mixed lots, animal and plant feed, fertilizers, clothing, shoes, and personal belongings.
Bayside Place, at the Hakata Pier contains two terminals (9.4 thousand square meters), convenience facilities (3.4 thousand square meters), the Port of Hakata Bayside Museum, Hakata Port Tower, a transit square of some 1.4 thousand square meters, and Sunset Park.
Covering 48.7 hectares of reclaimed land in the Port of Hakata, the Chuo Wharf contains the International Passenger Terminal and Marine Messe Fukuoka, a large exhibition hall. The mooring facilities include 12 berths with a total length of 1597 meters and alongside depths from 5.5 to 10 meters. The Chuo Wharf handles about 990 thousand tons of cargo each year. Cargoes include automobiles, frozen processed foods, malt, agricultural products, pulp, and marine products. The Port of Hakata's Chuo Wharf has seven general cargo sheds covering 17.7 thousand square meters, a freight sorting yard of 5.6 thousand square meters, and open storage yards of 64.2 thousand square meters. The International Passenger Terminal covers 11.2 thousand square meters.
The Higashihama Wharf in the Port of Hakata handles construction materials and liquefied natural gas imported from Malaysia and other countries. The wharf contains 13 berths of a total 1410 meters in length with alongside depths from 4.5 to 7.5 meters. Covering 79.4 hectares, the Port of Hakata's Higashihama Wharf handles over 3.2 million tons of cargo each year, including sand and gravel, cement, liquefied natural gas, steel products, and liquefied petroleum gas. The wharf also contains an open storage of over 100 thousand square meters.
The Hakozaki Wharf is the Port of Hakata's biggest wharf. It has direct access to the Kyushu Expressway and the Fukuoka Airport, and it is adjacent to Japan Freight Railway lines to provide efficient intermodal transport. The Hakozaki Wharf has 16 berths totaling 2845 meters in length with alongside depths from 7.5 to 12 meters. The Port of Hakata timber berth is 360 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters, and the dolphin for timber is 280 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters.
The Hakozaki Wharf covers 263.5 hectares and handles almost 5.6 million tons of cargo each year. Cargoes at the Port of Hakata's Hakozaki Wharf include automobiles, wheat, steel products, mixed lots, and transportation machinery. Public facilities at the Hakozaki Wharf include a general cargo shed of two thousand square meters, two fruit and vegetable sheds of 11.2 thousand square meters, a freight sorting yard of 4 thousand square meters, an open storage yard of almost 390 thousand square meters, and a timber pond of 74.1 thousand square meters. It also has a multi-story automobile storage facility.
The Port of Hakata's foreign trade container terminals at Kashii Park Port and Island City are state-of-the-art facilities that can accommodate the latest container vessels and cargo. The facilities are near the Fukuoka Airport and the Fukuoka Urban Expressway. The Kashii Park facility contains 600 meters of berthing space with alongside depth of 13 meters.
The berths at the Port of Hakata's 22.3-hectare Kashii Park Port can accommodate 50-ton container ships, and they are equipped with four post-Panamax gantry cranes. The Kashii Park Port handles about 410 thousand TEUs of containerized cargo per year. The Kashii Park facility in the Port of Hakata has storage capacity for 9684 TEUs. It has 2964 dry container slots and 300 reefer points. The terminal building has a floor area of almost five thousand square meters, and the maintenance shop covers 1193 square meters.
With alongside depth of 14 meters, the international container terminal at the Port of Hakata's Island City is one of the biggest container berths west of Kobe. The berths can accommodate vessels to 50 thousand DWT and are equipped with the latest container cranes and transfer cranes. The Island City Container Terminal in the Port of Hakata covers a total area of 172.3 thousand square meters. The overall berth length is 330 meters. The maximum permitted load is 40.6 tons. The Island City container terminal has storage capacity for 9120 TEUs. It contains dry container slots for 2280 TEUs and 240 reefer points. The terminal building has a floor area of 850 square meters, and the maintenance ship covers over one thousand square meters.
In late 2008, expansions to the container terminal at Island City in the Port of Hakata added 56.2 thousand square meters of overall area and 350 meters of berth with alongside depth of 15 meters. The new facilities will add storage capacity for 784 additional TEUs.