Port of Niigata
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The Port of Niigata is the biggest port on the Sea of Japan. About 110 kilometers north of Japan’s Port of Naoetsu, it has terminals for containerized and bulk cargoes as well as for tankers and liquefied natural gas. Linked by highway to Tokyo, Tohoku, and Osaka, it is an important distribution hub as well.

Niigata Prefecture’s Bureau of Port and Airport Development is the port authority responsible for overseeing the Port of Niigata. The Port of Niigata includes the West Port District at the mouth of the Shinano River and the newer East Port District. The West Port District handles passenger ships and ferries. Since the international convention center was opened in 2003, the West Port has matured as an exchange point for people, goods, and information.

Many companies use the Port of Niigata’s East Port District as a base for international distribution, energy, and foreign trade. The East Port District contains 17 wharves with 31 berths and a total length of 4.5 thousand meters. Three dolphin berths offer alongside depths of 13 and 14 meters.

The West Wharf at the Port of Niigata’s East Port District has six berths of a total 776 meters length and a depth of 7.5 meters. At 232 meters long, the Central Wharf has four berths, two with alongside depth of 13 meters and two with alongside depth of 7 meters. The two Shin-Nittetsu Berths are 250 meters long with alongside depth of 7.5 meters.

The East Port District in the Port of Niigata presently has three container berths at the West Wharf: one of 185 meters with alongside depth of 10 meters, another at 130 meters with alongside depth of 7.5 meters, and the third at 350 meters with alongside depths from 12 to 14 meters. Two more container berths are planned at the West Wharf that will be 500 meters long with alongside depth of 12 meters.

The Port of Niigata’s South Wharf in the East Port District contains two lumber berths of 370 meters with alongside depth of 10 meters, and another is planned that will be 240 meters long with alongside depth 12 meters. The Zen-no Silo Berth is 100 meters long with alongside depth of 6 meters.

The West Port District’s East Wharf has two berths and plans to add two more. Existing berths are 280 meters long with alongside depths to 14 meters. The planned berths will be 240 and 170 meters long with alongside depth of 10 meters. The Port of Niigata’s Nisseki A Berth is 150 meters long with alongside depth of 6 meters. Finally, the Central Wharf East has two berths of 520 meters with alongside depth 13 meters.

The West Port District in the Port of Niigata is the cargo-handling and passenger ferry area. It is home to the 2003 international convention complex Toki Messe. The current Bandaijima Redevelopment Project aims to transform the Port of Niigata’s West Port District into a modern international relations center. It has nine wharves with a total length of 4.9 thousand meters with 32 berths and alongside depths from 7.5 to 11 meters. The Port of Niigata’s Rinko Harbor is a private wharf with eight berths of 1,657 meters and alongside depths from 8 to 11 meters.

In the West Port District of the Port of Niigata, the two Yamanoshita Wharf North Berths are 330 meters long with alongside depth of 9 meters, and the two Yamanoshita Wharf South Berths are 260 meters long with alongside depth of 7.5 meters. The three North Wharf berths are 427 meters long with alongside depths from 7.5 to 9.5 meters. Two East Wharf berths total 231 meters at a depth of 7.5 meters.

The Port of Niigata’s Central Wharf at the West Port District contains five berths. The two North Berths are 294 meters long with alongside depth 9.5 meters. The End Berth is 137 meters long with alongside depth 7.5 meters. The two South Berths are 307 meters long with alongside depth of 7.5 meters. The two berths at the South Wharf are 288 meters log with alongside depth of 7.5 meters. The Bandaijima Wharf has eight berths with a total length of 1003 meters and alongside depths from 5.5 to 7.5 meters.

The Port of Niigata maintains regular container routes with the Port of Busan in South Korea, many China ports, and several ports on its Southeast Asia route. Recent improvements and resulted in the addition of Chinese ports to that route. The Port of Niigata handles a larger volume of freight each year.

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