SENDAI--Shipments of new cars resumed Saturday at Sendai-Shiogama Port, which had been devastated by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake. The port, expected to be one of the footholds of economic restoration in the quake-damaged region, touted its "resurrection" as factories affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp. in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures plan to resume operations Monday.
Shipped out Saturday morning were 300 new automobiles manufactured before the quake at the Iwate plant of the Toyota-affiliated Kanto Auto Works Ltd. Starting at around 9 a.m., Toyota Corollas and other models were loaded onto the car carrier Youshou Maru.
The vehicles will be exported via Nagoya Port.
Ten out of the 14 public wharves located in the Sendai division of the Sendai-Shiogama Port have reopened. However, containers and rubble still litter the areas near the wharves and a freighter remains stranded on the opposite shore.
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