1. Current Situation
1.1 Location and History

  Naha Port is located on Okinawa prefecture's main island, situated 600 kilometers southwest 
of Japan's main island and in the middle of the East China Sea. The population of the prefecture 
is 1.3 million.

  Due to its geographic location, Naha Port has played an important and vital role since the 
Ryukyu Kingdom of the 15th century, supporting people's lives, the regional economy and local 
industry. Following the end of World War II, the United States, the prefectural government and 
the city of Naha each separately developed parts of Naha Port until 1972. Subsequently, Naha 
City administered the entire port until March 31, 2002, when the NPA was established.

 The port is located near Shanghai and between the ports of Busan and Kaohsiung, which have both achieved remarkable growth as international container ports.

  Naha Port is divided into four terminal areas: Naha Terminal, Tomari Terminal, Shinko 
Terminal and Urasoe Terminal. The main use of each terminal is as follows:

  Naha Terminal (max. -9m deep): Ferries and Ro/Ro vessels for Kagoshima prefecture 
(Kyushu) and outer islands.

  Tomari Terminal (max. -6m deep): Ferries/passenger vessels for neighboring islands and 
tourist boats. 

  Shinko Terminal (max. -14m deep): International container vessels for the U.S., etc., 
ferries for the main island of Japan and Ro/Ro vessels.

  Urasoe Terminal (max. -7.5m deep): Tramp vessels.

Aerial view of the port