The Kawasaki City Port and Harbor Bureau is the port authority for the Port of Kawasaki, meaning that Kawasaki City administers port activities. The Port of Kawasaki is connected to the Tokyo metropolis and other regions in Kanto via the nation's well-developed expressway network.
Located in the center of the Kehin Industrial Zone, the Port of Kawasaki has become a major industrial and economic player in Japan's economy. It is a distribution hub, a commercial center, and an industrial focal point for the Tokyo Metropolitan area.
As Tokyo's gateway to the Pacific Ocean, the Port of Kawasaki plays an international role in the movement of goods, people, and information between Japan and the rest of the world. Recognizing the port's strategic importance, the Port of Kawasaki is planning improvements and expansions to provide greater support to the industries and businesses that rely on it.
The Kawasaki Foreign Access Zone (FAZ) is connected by road to both Tokyo and Yokohama Bays and to the Tokyo area with 30 million potential consumers. The Port of Kawasaki FAZ is also well-positioned to provide quick transportation to the area's major airports, meaning it has excellent connections by road, sea, and air to the country's largest and busiest population and business centers. The Port of Kawasaki FAZ is also located near the Kawasaki Container Terminal, and it contains food processing operations that make it possible to handle fresh cargoes within strict control standards. The FAZ Distribution Center is located behind the Port of Kawasaki container terminal. It includes a four-story logistics center that covers some 210 thousand square meters.
The Port of Kawasaki covers over two thousand hectares of land area and almost 3.3 thousand hectares of water surface. The Port of Kawasaki contains 41 public berths with a total length of 6.2 thousand meters and 141 private berths with a total length of 12.6 thousand meters. In 2004, the Port of Kawasaki served 30.6 thousand vessel arrivals and departures, and the port handled 93.6 million tons of cargo.
The Kawasaki Container Terminal can serve two vessels at the same time at its KC-1 berth. The berth is 431 meters long with alongside depth of 14 meters, and it can accommodate vessels up to 50 thousand DWT.
The Higashi-Ohgishima Wharf in the Port of Kawasaki handles general cargo and contains nine berths with a total length of 2050 meters and alongside depths of 10 and 12 meters. Berths 1 and 2 are each 185 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters and can accommodate vessels of up to 15 thousand DWT. Berths 3-9 are each 240 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters and can accommodate vessels to 30 thousand DWT.
The Port of Kawasaki's container warehouses in Higashi-Ohgishima are run by about 70 private businesses. The total capacity of all warehouses is about one million tons, including 600 thousand tons of refrigerated cargo. About half of Kanagawa Prefecture's capacity for refrigerated storage is concentrated in this complex.
Handling general cargo, the Port of Kawasaki's Chidori-cho Pier contains seven berths that total 1301 meters in length and have alongside depths from 7.3 to 10 meters. Berth 1 is 120 meters long alongside depth of 7.3 meters, and it can accommodate vessels to three thousand DWT. Berth 2 is 171 meters long alongside depth of 9 meters, and it can accommodate ships to 10 thousand DWT. The remaining five berths range in length from 171 to 220 meters, but all have alongside depth of 10 meters and can accommodate vessels of up to 15 thousand DWT.
The Port of Kawasaki's Terminal 1 contains two 40.6 ton capacity super gantry cranes that serve Panamax ships and eight 40.6-ton capacity transfer cranes. Terminal 1 has 312 reefer points, and the Port of Kawasaki plans to increase these to 546. The terminal can serve two vessels at the same time.
Terminal 2 covers a total area of 245 thousand square meters and has a container storage yard with capacity for 8.7 thousand TEUs. The 431 meter long berth has alongside depth of 14 meters and an apron that is 30.5 meters wide. The terminal can accommodate container vessels of up to 50 thousand DWT. The terminal includes a maintenance shop of 910 square meters, a container terminal system with capacity for 1865 TEUs, and temporary storage space for up to 144 TEUs of dangerous cargo.