Tokyo introduces new container terminal use rules

Tokyo introduces new container terminal use rules

The rules are part of a broader push by the Japanese government to rejuvenate the country's ports.

The Port of Tokyo has changed rules regarding the use of its flagship Oi Container Terminal to boost its sagging international competitiveness by easing road traffic congestion nearby and making the terminal more user friendly.

The new rules, which will enter force on March 29, call for trucks carrying containers into and out of the Oi Container Terminal to use two newly established waiting areas from Monday to Saturday every week, excluding national holidays.

Truck drivers with either empty or laden boxes will be required to pick up numbered tickets at ticketing machines in the waiting areas and wait at designated waiting lanes there until being instructed through emails or ticketing machines to enter the port. Trucks with boxes leaving the port will leave the terminal via a special lane and bypass the waiting areas.

The Oi Container Terminal is by far the biggest among the Port of Tokyo’s three container terminals. It has a large deep-sea wharf that is 2,354 meters (7,723 feet) long and has seven side-by-side berths with 20 cranes capable of working ships with capacities of up to 10,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units.

Waiting area A is for the Oi Container Terminal’s No. 1, No. 2, No. 6, and No. 7 berths and can accommodate about 300 trucks, and waiting area B is for the terminal’s No. 3., No. 4, and No. 5 berths and can hold about 200 trucks.

The rules come as road traffic congestion near the Port of Tokyo has become an increasingly acute issue because of growth in the volume of foreign trade containers handled at the port.

Contact Tomoo Yatsuhashi at yiu45535@nifty.com.