Company History

Kawanoe Harbor Transport “Over 100 Years of History”

川之江港湾運送「百余年の歩み」

Company founder Bunichi Miyake started a coastal cargo handling business at Kawanoe Port.

June, 1887
Bunichi Miyake started coastal cargo handling business at Kawanoe Port.

Kawanoe Harbor Transport Founder Bunichi Miyake

Reorganized into a corporation, established Kawanoe Port Harbor Transport Co., Ltd.

December, 1949
the company was reorganized into a corporation to establish Kawanoe Port Harbor Transport Co., Ltd. with a capital investment of 500,000 yen and Bunichi Miyake as the first president. At the same time, the company acquired a general-area cargo transportation business license, and started a car transportation business.

Reorganized into a corporation to establish Kawanoe Port Harbor Transport Co., Ltd.

Capital was increased to 2 million yen. The number of vehicles and employees were increased, and expansion of the transportation sector was planned.

August, 1953
Capital was increased to 2 million yen in August, 1953, with plans to expand the transportation sector.

Acquired a general-area cargo transportation business license, and started a car transportation business.

Started full-scale land transportation.

November, 1959
the expansion of the general-area cargo transportation business was approved, and full-scale land transportation began. The company also acquired business licenses for the Shikoku and Kansai areas, and started medium to long-distance transportation employing large trucks. We provided a direct connection to consumers in the Keihin and Hanshin areas to meet the demands of local paper manufacturers.

Established a marine container transportation handling business department.

Capital was increased to 4 million yen, and loading equipment such as additional/renewed fixed cranes, shovel loaders, and forklifts was introduced.

August, 1962
capital investment was increased to 4 million yen, and loading equipment such as additional/upgraded fixed cranes, shovel loaders, and forklifts was added to improve work efficiency. At the headquarters, it became possible for large ships to enter the quay in front, and operations at Kawanoe Port went into full swing.

Installed

Capital was increased to 6 million yen.

January, 1963
capital was increased to 6 million yen.

Capital was increased to 8 million yen, and construction of a coastal warehouse began. Advanced into maritime transport.

March, 1963
capital was increased to 8 million yen. The company began construction of a coastal warehouse, acquired a license for domestic shipping, and advanced into maritime transport.

Began construction of a coastal warehouse, and advanced into maritime transport.

Opened an office in Osaka.

April, 1964
we opened an office in Osaka.

Acquired a warehousing business license, and began warehousing operations.

March, 1965
the company acquired a license for warehousing business and began operations. An overhead crane, which was state-of-the-art at the time, was installed to handle raw materials for local paper manufacturers.

Raw material for local paper manufacturers.

Began medium and long-distance land transportation employing large trucks.

September, 1966
the company began medium and long-distance land transportation by large truck, directly connecting local manufacturers to consumers in Keihin and Hanshin.

Capital was increased to 13.40 million yen. The company acquired a license for customs clearance, and started shipping agency operations.

March, 1967
capital was increased to 13.40 million yen. The company acquired a license for customs clearance, started shipping agency service, began accommodating special ships for imported chips, initiated inboard loading services, and began import operations with a focus on raw materials for local paper manufacturers while it started shipping coal and other raw materials. Along with these operations, the company also started an agency service for ocean-going ships to become a point of contact for large vessels.

Acquired a license for customs clearance. Started a shipping agency service, began accommodating special ships for imported chips, and started inboard loading service.

The coastal warehouse No. 3 was completed.

September, 1968
the No. 3 coastal warehouse was completed.

The No. 3 coastal warehouse.

Introduced Poclain (automatic wood grasping machine) for coastal loading.

November, 1970
the company introduced the Poclain automatic wood grasping machine, an improved version of Yumbo, for coastal loading.

Introduced the Poclain automatic wood grasping machine, an  improved version of Yumbo, for coastal loading.

Set up a Marine Container Transportation Department.

December, 1973
the company set up a Marine Container Transportation Department. Utilizing the Shikokuchuo ferry service (Van Pack Ferry), which connects Kawanoe and Kobe, Kawanoe was the first to initiate unmanned transport by detached container-head with the aim of becoming Shikoku’s container base.

Set up a Marine Container Transportation Department.

Capital was increased to 48 million yen.

April, 1975
capital was increased to 48 million yen, and internal improvements were undertaken.

Capital was increased to 192 million yen.

March, 1977
capital was increased to 192 million yen.

Purchased three 499-type domestic cargo vessels.

April, 1984
4the company purchased three 499-type domestic cargo vessels to enhance the domestic shipping department.

499-type ship, Hakuyomaru

Physical distribution warehouse was completed.

September, 1986
the physical distribution warehouse was completed, significantly expanding the warehousing department.

“Bunshomaru” was launched.

February, 1987
the 499-type cargo ship “Bunshomaru” was launched.

499型貨物船文祥丸

“Seishomaru” was launched.

February, 1989
the 499-type cargo ship “Seishomaru” was launched.

499-type cargo ship ”Seishomaru” was launched.

The first physical distribution warehouse at the company’s headquarters was completed.

October, 1995
the first physical distribution warehouse at the company’s headquarters was completed. Facilities were reinforced to keep pace with the growth of local manufacturers.

The 1st physical distribution warehouse at the company's headquarters was completed.

Delivery Center at Kobe Office was established.

May, 1998
a delivery center at Kobe Office was established. In cooperation with Jumbo Ferry, we started ferry transportation between Takamatsu and Kobe.

The 2nd physical distribution warehouse at the company’s headquarters was completed.

May, 2005
the 2nd physical distribution warehouse at the company’s headquarters was completed.

the 2nd physical distribution warehouse  at the company's headquarters was completed.

International Department at the Hanshin Office was established.

July, 2005
our International Department at the Hanshin Office was established. Tokyo Liaison Office was established.

International Department at the Hanshin Office was established. Tokyo Liaison Office was established.

The Tokyo Office was established.

January, 2008
the Tokyo Office was established.

The Tokyo Office was established.

The Dispatch Center and Hanshin Office were merged and renamed the “Hanshin Business Office.”

June, 2014
the company merged the dispatch center and Hanshin office and renamed the combined units the “Hanshin Business Office.”

Acquired a customs clearance license for the Hanshin Business Office.

January, 2015
the company acquired a customs clearance license for the Hanshin Business Office.

“Yuseimaru” was launched.

October, 2015
the cargo ship “Yuseimaru” was launched.

”Yuseimaru” was launched.

Updating our corporate symbol

June, 2017
Updating our corporate symbol for our 130th anniversary

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