Embracing the future – Valuing the experience of the past

Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation (YKIP) is honoured to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Port of Yokohama, one of Japan’s largest maritime trading centres.

YKIP was established in January 2016 as the port management entity of the Ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki. The purpose of YKIP is to enhance efficiency, services and competitiveness of the ports through innovative and world class development. YKIP is the significant outcome of a master plan, which has been undertaken by the government of Japan since 2010, in order to strengthen the international competitiveness of the country’s ports through increased funding from the national government and consolidation of port administrations and planning.

YKIP is a joint venture of the government of Japan, the municipal governments of Yokohama and Kawasaki, and one of Japan’s top three banks Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. The government of Japan invested $4.4 million in January 2016 and maintains a 50% share of YKIP. In March of the same year, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) designated YKIP as the official operating company for the Keihin ports serving Yokohama and Kawasaki.

YKIP provides integrated management and operations for container terminals in the Ports of Yokohama and Kawasaki while also planning for the future in order to accommodate the larger container vessels required by the international container trade. YKIP also focuses on promoting and increasing cruise business and is a driving force in the development of LNG bunkering.

The overall goal of YKIP is to further develop our ports through increased functionality, efficiency and sustainability while maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with customers and the residents of these important port cities.

YKIP, as the steward of the Port of Yokohama, is honoured to organize Yokohama Maritime Forum (YMF) 2019. YMF 2019 will provide a platform to initiate discussions and inspire ideas among the world’s industries, with a focus on sustainability, diversity and harmonization of port and maritime industries which are critical components of our global future.

We warmly welcome the world to the beautiful city of Yokohama to join us in celebrating the 160th anniversary of the Port of Yokohama.