Onahama Port

From Global Energy Monitor

Onahama Port is a seaport located south of Iwaki city in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.


Onahama Port is located on the coast of Iwaki-shi in Fukushima Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is 50 km (30 miles) south of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

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The foundations of the port were laid in 1747 for the purpose of shipping rice payments collected from each of the feudal domains of Iwaki to Edo. Since the Meiji Era (1868-1912), the port served as a base for shipping coal from the Hitachinaka-Bandai area coal mines to the Tokyo and Yokohama regions.[1]

In May 2011, Onahama Port was selected by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) as one of nine strategic commodity ports to be targeted for improvement under the International Strategic Bulk Port Project, as it was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Among the nine ports, Onahama Port and Tokuyama Kudamatsu / Ube Port associated with coal import; others were associated with grain or iron ore.[2][3]

Project Details

  • Operator: Fukushima Prefecture
  • Location: Iwaki, Joban, Fukushima, Japan
  • Coal Capacity (Million tonnes):
  • Status: Operating
  • Type: Imports
  • Source of Coal: Australia[4]

Articles and resources


  1. "Overview of Onahama Port," Fukushima Prefecture, accessed March 2018
  2. "Japan’s Port Improvement Plans Should Benefit U.S. Bulk Exports," Global Agriculture Information Report, US Department of Agriculture, 19 March 2015
  3. "Promotion of the Onahama Port Improvement," Iwaki City, Update 2013/09/02
  4. "Glencore, Japan coal deal sets standard at six-year low," Bloomberg, Mar 25, 2015

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