Hibiki Port is a project undertaken by the Port of Kitakyushu to meet the growing demand for containerized cargoes. Containers mean larger ships and fewer port calls to assure increased efficiency in moving goods around the world. Responding to this new age of commercial shipping, ports in Japan have been upgrading and creating deep berths that can accommodate the larger vessels.
The Port of Kitakyushu is a major port for the island of Kyushu, the third largest island of Japan. Hibiki Port is a new container terminal and port in the Northern Kyushu region.
The Port of Kitakyushu started building the new Hibiki Port Container Terminal in the late 1990s to provide a distribution hub for the Pan-Yellow Sea. The facility offers 15-meter deep berths that can accommodate vessels with capacity for up to six thousand TEUs of containerized cargo.
The wharf contains four berths with alongside depths from 10 to 15 meters, and it equipped with heavy-load gantry cranes. A full-sized container yard of 500 square meters is included in the Hibiki Port facilities.
The Hibiki Port Container Terminal covers an area of about 43 hectares, and related facilities cover about 65 hectares. The cargo-handling of the Hibiki Port is up to a million TEUs per year.
Additional facilities are planned to be completed in 2020. These include six new berths with alongside depths of 15 to 16 meters, four berths with alongside depth of 12 meters, and two berths with alongside depth of 10 meters. These additional facilities will bring the annual cargo-handling capacity to 1.5 million TEUs.
Hibiki Port Container Terminal is attracting many Japanese manufacturers into a 200-kilometer radius of the facility. These include manufacturers of automobiles, tires, chemicals, and machinery.
With the Yellow Sea as its hinterland, the Hibiki Port Container Terminal is an important gateway between the Japanese market and other major ports like Shanghai, Qingdao, Xixing, and Dalian. Its location near the busy trans-Pacific shipping routes also places the Hibiki Port Container Terminal in an important strategic and competitive location for international trade.