Deep Water Ports


Port of Stockton

Two major deep water ports, Stockton and Oakland, serve the area for container shipping. The Port of Stockton is located 75 nautical miles (120 km) east of the Golden Gate Bridge and is on the Stockton Deepwater Ship Channel. It is one-mile from Interstate 5, and close to all other interconnecting major highway systems in the central valley. Rail service is provided by two transcontinental railroads, Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

The Port of Stockton has berthing space for 17 vessels, 1.1 million square feet (102,000 sq. meters) of dockside transit sheds and shipside rail trackage, and 7.7 million square feet (715,000 sq. meters) of warehousing for both dry bulk and general cargoes, including steel. Each warehouse is also served by rail.

Stockton’s deepwater channel has an average depth of 37 feet (11 meters) at average low tide (35 feet MLLW), and an average depth at high tide of 40 feet (12 meters)—PANAMAX. The Port of Oakland is the fourth largest container port in the nation. It is a hub for goods movement and international trade for much of Northern California, loading and discharging containerized goods. Like the Port of Stockton,

Oakland’s port made substantial investments to add storage yards and cargo-handling capacity and extend railroad lines. The port handles about 2.2 million 20-foot containers of cargo compared with 1.5 million seven years ago and has grown to eight terminals from four during the same period.