Business Message from the President Company Overview Company History


International Shipping Business


36,898 DWT 22,683 GT Length 180m

Chartered by a Unity Maritime Limited(UK)

Built by Oshima Shipbuilding in 2019

Signed the chemical tanker newbuilding contract

Made the decision to acquire a high-spec chemical tanker specifically designed for transporting petrochemical products

Kitanihon Shipbuilding Scheduled for delivery on 20th February, 2024

12,500 DWT 8,250 GT 126m

*The photo depicts a vessel of the same type.

Coastal Tanker Agency Business

We are providing the service of agent business at Hakata Port Aratsu Tank Facility. We work for the clearance of tankers and surveys during the loading of cargo at the port, and also work for vessel’s call/put port process. We also manage the schedule of loading and discharging, and inspecting the loading amount for the third parties.

Aircraft Leasing Business

Entered the aircraft leasing business

Expanded the logistics business from sea to air, thereby expanding the stage of social support

Manufactured in January 2021 Airbus A320neo

Wingspan 36m  Length 38m  Operated by Lufthansa, a German airlines

Real Estate

Hinode Hakata Building

We own a 10-story building and rent rooms for residences and offices at convenient location near the Tenjin / Hakata station.

Name of Building: Hinode Hakata Building

Delivery (Built): 21st August, 2009

Architecture: Armored concrete 10 floors

Purpose: 1st Floor / Entrance and Parking

2nd ~ 3rd Floor / Offices

4th ~ 10th Floor / Residences

Villa Minamitenjin properties 

In recent years, we have acquired rental properties in the sought-after area near Uratenjin, which is popular among young people.

Two-story wooden construction  Total floor area: 156㎡  2 rooms with 1K, 2 rooms with 1LDK

Managed by Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd.


Los Angeles
Harvard Blvd, Torrance, CA 90501


Acquired rental properties  in Los Angeles

In anticipation of the 2028 Olympics, we have acquired rental properties in Torrance, a highly sought-after area among the Japanese community in the world-renowned metropolis of Los Angeles.

Two-story wooden construction Building area: 493㎡

1 room with 3 bedrooms, 4 rooms with 2 bedrooms

Managed by Open House Co., Ltd.

Winton Wood Way, Spring, TX 77386

Orangewood Ln, Arlington, TX 76001

San Pablo Dr, Haslet, TX 76052

Lookout Dr, Dallas, GA 30132

Dunagan Chase Dr, Lawrenceville, GA 30045

Message from the President

Founded in 1935, our company has been in a shipowning business for more than 80 years. We provide global marine logistics services to various products.

We continue to contribute to the society from ocean through stable supply of energy and resources that are indispensable to our everyday lives. We joined ocean going shipping business with Ultramax bulker newbuilding, STAR PATHFINDER at a timing of 80th anniversary of the founding of our company in 2015. With this vessel, we expanded our business to global marine logistics. We continue to thrive by challenging and accelerating our growth for our 100th anniversary to come in 2035.

I appreciate and are grateful for your continued support.

PresidentMitsuo Shimizu

Company Overview

Scope of Business
International Shipping, Coastal Tanker Agency,
Aircraft Leasing, Real Estate Ownership
Start of Business
Date of Incorporation
26th Jan, 1949
Mr. Mitsuo Shimizu
Chairman / Mr. Yutaka Shimizu 
President / Mr. Mitsuo Shimizu
Director / Mr. Takeshi Shimizu
Unity Maritime Limited(UK)
SBI Leasing Services
Miyoshi Real Estate
Main Banks
Kitakyushu Bank
Fukuoka Bank
Juhachi-Shinwa Bank

Company History

Mr. Shigeya Shimizu started the business.
January, 1949
Hinode Shipping Co., Ltd was established.
April, 1951
Hinode Shipping Co., Ltd started coastal vessel business.
January, 1957
MT Daiichi Hounmaru was delivered and chartered out to Tsurumi Transport.
February, 1965
Hinode Shipping Co., Ltd started terminal agent business.
July, 1972
Hinode Building (head office building) completed.
November, 1978
Mr. Shigeya Shimizu was awarded the prize from Emperor to his contribution to Japanese shipping.
August, 1988
Mr. Yutaka Shimizu took over the position of the president.
November, 2002
MT Tsurufujimaru was delivered from Miura Shipyard.
February, 2009
Mr. Mitsuo Shimizu was appointed to be the president.
August, 2009
Hinode Hakata Building completed.
December, 2012
Acquired Hounmaru (4,500 KL domestic tanker), engaged in the transportation of aircraft jet fuel for Kansai International Airport.
May, 2014
Hinode Shipping was awarded the prize from JX Nippon Oil & Energy(Currently,ENEOS Group)
for the contribution of safety management.
July, 2015
1st ocean going vessel, MV Star Pathfinder (61,000dwt Bulker) was delivered from Imabari Shipyard.
October, 2016
MV Le Mans Express (PCTC) was delivered.
October, 2017
Acquired KOTA GEMAR. (227m container vessel with 2,600TEU)
December 2019
The Osaka District Public Prosecutors Office decided not to prosecute the former captain involved in the Kansai International Airport Bridge Accident caused by a typhoon, as they did not find any negligence.
July 2020c
Acquired MV Unity Light (37,000 DWT Log Bulk)