For ocean carriers


Since established in 1973,
we have developed a wide array of domestic feeder services as a pioneer in Japan's coastal container shipping industry.
We are determined to continue being the leading company in the field and will never stop finding ways to improve.

  • We boast the largest market share (more than 60%) of domestic feeder business.

  • Our service network currently consists of 62 main and regional ports in Japan.We can also arrange a tailor-made service that fulfills your specific needs.

  • We achieved the handling volume of 694K TEU in 2022.We are always keen to improve our service so we can serve you more and better.

  • We operate a fleet that consists of ships ranging in capacity from 100 to 1000TEU class each of which we effectively deploy in accordance with cargo volume and characteristics of our service line. Click to see our fleet>

  • We are aiming to increace efficiency and tracability in coastal feeder operation through TradeLens in cooperations with other member ocean carriers and terminals.

  • We have been committed to developing an eco-friendly fleet in multiple ways. More details>

Corporate Profile

Company Name Imoto Lines,Ltd.
Head Office Kobe Asahi Bldg , 59 Naniwamachi , Chuo-ku , Kobe 650-0035, Japan
Tokyo Office 12F YANMAR TOKYO,2-1-1,Yaesu, Chuo-ku, Tokyo,104-0028 Japan
Established June 1973
Paid-in capital 95 million yen
Shareholders Imoto Coporation
Osaka Shipping Co,Ltd.
Mitsui O.S.K.Lines,Ltd.
Kamigumi Co.,Ltd.
Orient Overseas Container Line Limited.
Number of Board Members 5
Number of Employees Office staff 69, Sea crew 56 
(as of Apr.2023)
Major Banks Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation、
The Minato Bank, Ltd、
Kansai Mirai Bank、Limited、
Legal Adviser Higashimachi,LPC
Fiscal year-end March 31
Lines of business Coastal shipping
Freight forwarding
Industrial waste collection and transportation
Sea crew manning
Affiliated Company Imoto Corporation
Kobe Kaiyo Gijutsu LTD.

Our clients

We maintain good business relationships with a number of ocean carriers operating in Japan. ※in alphabetical order

For inquiries, please click below and email us.

Business hours: 9:00 - 17:30 Monday to Friday,
(except public holidays)