|Eureka tour boat at the Port of Kashima. Holly Harvey|
The depth of outer port channel is 24m (26yd), the center channel is 19m (20yd) and both south and north channels are 10m (10yd).
|Kamisu and the Port of Kashima from the air. Wikipedia|
|The Port of Kashima and surrouding area Google Maps|
The earliest development of the area's waterways date to 1654. Over the centuries, rivers and canals were dredged and deepened to accommodate the needs of the region, including a canal that extended to Edo (Tokyo) Bay. Silting and flooding presented constant difficulties.
In 1960 Ibaraki Prefecture conceived a plan for the development of the port. Construction began in 1962 and the harbor opened its port in 1969.
Read more about the history and development of the port here: http://city.kashima.ibaraki.jp
The Port of Kashima
Cargo ship with spill containment boom. Holly Harvey
Cargo ship and tugs near harbor entrance. Holly Harvey
|Cranes and silos. Holly Harvey|
Gantry cranes unload bulk items. Loading arms connect pipelines between ground and ship for liquid items such as crude oil. Company-owned wharfs handle their own products and materials. At the public wharf, many types of cargo are handled including containers, bulk grain and cargo over the size limit of containers.
|Ship hangars Holly Harvey|
|Grain silos Holly Harvey|
Cargo ship in the port, wind farm in the distance. Holly Harvey
|Cranes in the port, wind farm in the distance Holly Harvey|
Hasaki Wind FarmThe 43 windmills at the wind farm generate 76,100 kW (Nov. 2015).
|Hasaki Wind Farm skyseeker/Creative Commons|
Environmental assessments were required prior to construction to evaluate effects on wildlife.
Kamisu city officials cite that each windmill has an output of 2,000 kW and an estimated speed of 11.1-19.6 rotations per minute. Bird strikes are uncommon.
Kamisu was chosen because of its suitable location for wind power generation. The windmills were constructed by private enterprise (Eco Power Corporation).
According to research by the Japan Wind Power Association, it costs $6 million USD to build an average windmill that generates 2,000 kW. Equipment costs make up 58.3% of the figure, and the rest is spent for engineering work, conveyance and assembling.
An offshore wind farm is in the planning stages: http://www.offshorewind.biz/ta
Murals adorn the sea wall along this stretch of coastline.
|Windmill and mural. Holly Harvey|
|Murals along the sea wall. Holly Harvey|
|Mural of Kashima Port's Observation Tower |
and Kashima Shrine's Ichi no Torii. Holly Harvey
|This mural attests to the popularity of surfing |
along this stretch of coastline. Holly Harvey
Kamisu city has an interest in renewable energy to protect the environment and address the issue of global warming, however, they do not have an exact plan yet.
RecreationA double-deck touring boat, Eureka, takes passengers on a 45 minute trip around Kashima Port, passing enormous tankers and industrial facilities. http://www.kashimafuto.co.jp/eureka/index.html
|Eureka tour boat. Holly Harvey|
|Minato Park Observation Tower Holly Harvey|
Kashima Harbor Fishing Park is a facility built at the mouth of the harbor for recreational fishing. There are charter boats, equipment rentals and restroom facilities.