Transportation & Logistics International - Winter 2017 - 39
SHIPPING & PORTS
"A combination of rail, room to grow
and water is pretty much unique on
the West Coast. A lot of ports are
landlocked while we still have room
55,000 DWT, as well as some wide-beam 60,000 DWT
ships can easily navigate the passage with a full load.
New cargo is coming through Port of Stockton that either
had previously been transported in containers or is coming from new markets. "One new market is non-GMO
grains that we only a year ago saw our first shipment,"
Grossgart says. "Since then we have handled seven ships
and a total of almost 200,000 tons. We adapt our facilities to new cargo and look to invest in improved methods
of handling the cargo."
Further improvements to the port include dredging all the
docks, which increased the number of berths on the west side
from four to nine. The added berths increased efficiency by
opening up two warehouses that were previously not in use
because there were no berths close by.
Port of Stockton will expand its road and rail infrastructure
to piggyback off the extended I-5 off-ramp that debuted in
early December. The port will build a new bridge to the west
complex that will increase capacity and clearances, as well as
move the port's main gate away from the local neighborhood.
"About 4,400 trucks a week transit through that neighborhood and that will be taken care of," Grossgart says.
"The off-ramp now goes into an industrial area and we will
close off access to the neighborhood so drivers can't use it
as a shortcut. Construction will probably begin in March
for the expansion of the roadway and then that will lead to
the bridge and new gate. We are probably two years away
from all that being completed."
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