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EAST JAPAN

Regular routes of domestic cargo liners in east Japan are arranged from north to south in order.

Hokkaido-Honshu

Kushiro-Hitachi (790km)
川崎近海汽船(株)(Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd./"K" Line Kinkai)
Hokuren Maru (13,950gt, RORO)
Dai-ni Hokuren Maru (Hokuren Maru No.2) (13,950gt, RORO)

Kushiro-Chiba/Tokyo
栗林商船(株)(Kuribayashi Steamship Co., Ltd.)
Shin Kushiro Maru (5,310gt, RORO)

Kushiro-Tomakomai-Tokyo
栗林商船(株)(Kuribayashi Steamship Co., Ltd.)
Shinka Maru (16,750gt, RORO)
日本通運(株)(Nippon Express Co., Ltd.)
日本海運(株)(Nippon Shipping Co., Ltd. )
日本マリン(株)(Nippon Marine Co., Ltd.)
Himawari 8 (10,620gt, RORO)
Himawari 7 (10,497gt, RORO)

Kushiro-Tomakomai-Tokyo-Osaka
日本通運(株)(Nippon Express Co., Ltd.)
日本海運(株)(Nippon Shipping Co., Ltd. )
日本マリン(株)(Nippon Marine Co., Ltd.)
Himawari 2 (7,323gt, RORO CON)

Kushiro-Tomakomai-Sendai-Tokyo-Nagoya-Osaka
栗林商船(株)(Kuribayashi Steamship Co., Ltd.)
川崎近海汽船(株)(Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd./"K" Line Kinkai)
Shinka Maru (16,726gt, RORO)
Shinmei Maru (13,091gt, RORO)
Shinzui Maru (13,097gt, RORO)
Shinsen Maru (13,089gt, RORO)
Kamikawa Maru (13,018gt, RORO)

Tomakomai-Hitachinaka (754km)
川崎近海汽船(株)(Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen Kaisha, Ltd./"K" Line Kinkai)
Hokkaido Maru (11,386gt, RORO)
Fuou Maru (11,413gt, RORO)
近海郵船(株)(Kinkai Yusen Kaisha, Ltd.)
Marimo (8,348gt, RORO)
Mashu (8,349gt, RORO)

Tomakomai-Tokyo
栗林商船(株)(Kuribayashi Steamship Co., Ltd.)
Shinoh Maru (11,790gt, RORO)
Shinmei Maru (13,091gt, RORO)
Shinzui Maru (13,097gt, RORO)
Shinsen Maru (13,089gt, RORO)
Kamikawa Maru (13,018gt, RORO)
近海郵船(株)(Kinkai Yusen Kaisha, Ltd.)
Tokachi (9,858gt, RORO)

Tomakomai-Hachinohe-Sendai-Kawasaki-Oppama (2,076km)
プリンス海運(株)(Prince Kaiun, Co., Ltd.)
(株)シーリンク (Sea Link Japan, Ltd.)
Daybreak's Bell (7,971gt, RORO)
Genbu (7,971gt)

Tomakomai-Hachinohe-Sendai-Yokohama
鈴与海運(株)(Suzuyo Marine Co., Ltd.)
Otagawa (499gt)

Tomakomai-Muroran-Hachinohe-Miyako-Sendai-Yokohama
三栄港運(株)(Sanei Koun)
Orion (749gt)

Tomakomai-Hachinohe-Yokohama/Tokyo-Shimizu
鈴与海運(株)(Suzuyo Marine Co., Ltd.)
Shinseto (749gt)

Tomakomai-Yokohama (1,046km)
ナラサキスタックス(株)(Narasaki Stax Co., Ltd.))
井本商運(株)
Sakura (2,507gt)

Tomakomai-Hachinohe-Sendai-Nagoya (2,840km)
(株)フジトランスコーポレーション (Fujitrans Corporation)
Fugaku Maru (11,573gt)

Tomakomai-Sendai-Nagoya (2,680km)
(株)フジトランスコーポレーション (Fujitrans Corporation)
Seiwa Maru (15,781gt, RORO)
Youshou Maru (14,790gt, RORO)
Atsuta Maru (16,053gt, RORO)

Tomakomai-Tsuruga (948km)
近海郵船(株)(Kinkai Yusen Kaisha, Ltd.)
Hidaka (11,185gt, RORO)
Hokuto (11,500gt, RORO)
Tsuruga (11,193gt, RORO)

Honshu

Hachinohe-Kamaishi-Sendai-Soma-Onahama-Tokyo-Yokohama (715km)
井本商運(株)(Imoto Lines, Ltd.)
Koryu Maru (749gt)
Miyuki (749gt)
Ikuta (749gt)
Hyogo (749gt)
Yuka (499gt)

Sendai-Yokohama/Tokyo (475km)
近海郵船(株)(Kinkai Yusen Kaisha, Ltd.)
Harukaze (749gt)

Hitachinaka-Kashima-Yokohama/Tokyo-Shimizu/Pmaezaki (954km)
鈴与海運(株)(Suzuyo Marine Co., Ltd.)
Kiyoshima Maru (499gt)

Nagoya/Toyohashi-Omaezaki/Shimizu-Tokyo/Yokohama/Kawasaki (201km)
井本商運(株)(Imoto Lines, Ltd.)
Mikage (749gt)
Futaba (749gt)
Hiyodori (749gt)
Kamiwaka (749gt)

Kobe/Osaka-Nagoya/Yokkaichi-Keihin (Tokyo & Yokohama)
井本商運(株)(Imoto Lines, Ltd.)
Mikage (749gt)
Futaba (749gt)

Ofunato-Sendai-Yokohama/Tokyo-Shimizu/Omaezaki
Shimizu-Yokohama/Tokyo
Nagoya-Kawasaki/Yokohama
鈴与海運(株)(Suzuyo Marine Co., Ltd.)
Kiyotake Maru (499gt)
Suruga Maru (499gt)
Fuyo Maru No.8 (499gt)

Information

In May 2014, Naikai Zosen Corporation delivered the Shinka Maru (16,750gt, RORO) to Kuribayashi Maritime/Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (JRTT). She plies between Tokyo and Tomakomai. The Ariake Maru No.1 (3,692gt, RORO) was sold in April 2014.

Kinkai Yusen Kaisha's RORO vessel, Hidaka (11,185gt), which took water at Kanda Shipbuilding Kawajiri Works on October 9, 2014, was completed on January 28, 2015, and entered service on the Tsuruga-Tomakomai route. The Tokachi (9,858gt, RORO) was replaced.

Kinkai Yusen Kaisha's RORO vessel, Hokuto (11,500gt), which took water at Kanda Shipbuilding Kawajiri Works on June 3, 2015, entered service on the Tsuruga-Tomakomai route on September 30, 2015. The Hokuto (8,608gt, RORO) was replaced.

Kinkai Yusen Kaisha (KYK Line) will build two RORO vessels. The two ROROs are due to enter service in January 2018 & March 2018 respectively. The Marimo and the Mashu will be replaced.

Nippon Express/Nippon Shipping will replace RORO container vessels, Himawari 1 (7,323gt、2001) which runs on the Tokyo-Tomakomai-Kushiro-Tokyo route, and the Himawari 2 (7,323gt、2001) which runs on the Tokyo-Tomakomai-Kushiro-Tokyo-Osaka-Tokyo route, with new RORO vessels, Himawari 8 and Himawari 9. The Himawari 8 and the Himawari 9 will enter service in September and December 2017 respectively.

Kawasaki Kinkai Kisen's Fuou Maru will enter service on the Tamakomai-Hitachinaka route in October 2016.

On March 30, 2017, Nippon Express' RORO vessel, Himawari 8 took the water at MHI Shimonoseki shipyard. She is set to enter service on the Kushiro-Tomakomai-Tokyo route in September 2017. The Himawari 1 will be replaced.

On May 26, 2017, Kuribayashi Shosen's RORO vessel, Kamikita Maru (12,430gt) was completed at Shin Kurushima Dockyard Co., Ltd., Onishi Shipyard. She will enter service on the Kushiro-Tomakomai-Sendai-Tokyo-Osaka route in June 2017.

On June 24, 2017, Nippon Express' RORO vessel, Himawari 9 took the water at MHI Shimonoseki shipyard.

On August 23, 2017, Kinkai Yusen Kaisha's RORO vessel, Marimo (about 11,200gt) took the water at MHI Shimonoseki shipyard.

On September 4, 2017, the Himawari 8 (10,620gt), a RORO vessel of Nippon Shipping Co.,Ltd., a subsidiary of Nippon Express Co., Ltd., entered service on the Kushiro-Tomakomai-Tokyo route. The Himawari 1 (7,323gt, 2001) was replaced.

On October 30, 2017, Kuribayashi Steamship decided to build a replacement vessel for the Shinoh Maru (11,790gt, 1999), a RORO vessel which plies between Kushiro and Tokyo. The new vessel is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.