The Hiroshima Port Promotion Association is the port authority responsible for managing and promoting the Port of Hiroshima (Japanese). With an excellent harbor, the Port of Hiroshima continues to grow as an international trading port and as a center for tourism.
Several ferry operators are located in the Port of Hiroshima, providing services to Miyajima. The Port of Hiroshima is the main passenger ferry terminal operating services to many locations including Etajima and Matsuyama. The international ferry terminal provides transport to South Korea’s Busan and Ulsan as well as other ports in China and Taiwan. A boat taxi service transports passengers to the city center along the Ota River channels.
The Port of Hiroshima’s industrial port, Ujina Port, was built as a commercial port. However, it became a military port for every war. By 1933, the Port of Hiroshima’s citizens demanded a trade port, and work began on an industrial port in 1940. Filling about 3.3 square kilometers of land to provide area for industry, part of the area was usurped as an army airfield.
The Port of Hiroshima’s passenger terminal is located at the Ujina Foreign Trade Wharf near the Streetcar Station (a 15-minute walk). The passenger berth is 925 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters.
In 2008, 45 cruise vessels called at the Port of Hiroshima, including 20 Japanese and 25 foreign vessels. Each year, about five thousand passengers visit the Port of Hiroshima.
The Port of Hiroshima has long been used for transportation and trade. In 2003, the Port of Hiroshima opened its International Container Terminal with a 14-meter deep berth. Eight shipping agents operate in the Port of Hiroshima: Seagate Corporation Co., Ltd., Nippon Express Co. Ltd., Kansai Unyu Co. Ltd., Malox Co. Ltd., Sankyu Inc., Sanyo Kaiun Co. Ltd., Hirokura Co. Ltd., and Chugoku Shipping Agencies Ltd.