The Port of Mizushima lies on the northern shores of southern Japan’s Seto Inland Sea in Okayama Prefecture about 132 kilometers west-southwest of the Port of Kobe. The Mizushima Port Authority is responsible for overseeing and maintaining security at the Port of Mizushima.
The Port of Mizushima sits on an artificial island at the rear of the Mizushima Marine Industrial Area, promoting its value as a shipment center for containerized cargo, particularly in an age when ocean-going vessels and their cargo are increasing every day.
The Port of Mizushima plays an important role in trade relationships with eastern China. It also supports a changing fishing industry and is an important fishing port. The 2006 Port of Mizushima harbor plan outlined the continued development of pier sites as part of the city’s urban renewal ambitions, including environmental aspects.
The Port of Mizushima’s Container Terminal covers about 33 hectares and includes two quays. One quay can accommodate container ships to 30 thousand DWT with alongside depth of 12 meters, and the other serves container ships to 10 thousand DWT with alongside depth of 10 meters. The harbor plan will bring all depths to 12 meters. The unit load terminal within the Container Terminal covers a pier site of 16 hectares and includes four berths with alongside depth of 7.5 meters that can accommodate freighters to five thousand DWT.
The Port of Mizushima International Logistics Center rents the Container Terminal within the Free Access Zone (FAZ) from Okayama Prefecture and operates its own sorting and storage facilities. Economic globalization continues to make the Port of Mizushima an important port for Japan and Okayama Prefecture.
The volume of cargo handled at the Port of Mizushima has increased steadily since it began operating. In 2005, it was the fourth busiest port in Japan. Wharf No. 6 at Tamashima Harbor Island, where the Mizushima Port International Container Terminal began operating, is a fully-equipped modern facility that can easily accommodate anticipated future growth. It includes a 2.7 hectare container freight station, 1.7 hectare sorting facilities, and storage facilities with a total floor area of 21.9 thousand square meters.
The Port of Mizushima’s Container Freight Station includes two steel buildings of 6 thousand square meters each. The cargo sorting building, also of steel construction, covers three thousand square meters. Two steel buildings with a total area of 6.7 thousand square meters make up the storage facilities. A four-story building contains the administrative offices.