New era . . . Osanbashi Pier, at the Port of Yokohama, which is gearing up for an era of cruise ship travel by building an elaborate multi-storey terminal. The pier, the oldest in the port was first built between 1889 and 1896. Today, it is the port'spier for passenger vessels calling from all over the world.
Many cruise ships in the 60,000-tonne class tie up at Osanbashi. When completed in 1998, the new terminal will be 900 metres long, with four berths, each capable of handling 30,000 gross tonne vessels, with larger ships using two berths. The project will entail expanding the land area to 7.7 hectares. The shore next to Osanbashi will be redeveloped.