San Diego Bay is an uncongested harbour located about 96 nautical miles Southeast of Los Angeles and just North of the United States - Mexico border. It is only a few miles to the major city of Tijuana, and is 135 miles from Mexicali. San Diego's close proximity to open ocean and lack of shipping congestion makes it an excellent location for cargo shipping.


The port serves as a transshipment facility for the region, which includes San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties, plus Northern Baja California, Arizona and points East.


The year-round mild climate is conducive to handling all types of cargo: container, dry bulk, liquid bulk, refrigerated, vehicle, breakbulk, project and other cargoes.


The port's two (2) marine cargo facilities are Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal. The port also owns the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal and Broadway Pier Cruise Ship Terminal.


Cargo Terminals

Both cargo terminals have on-dock rail facilities for rapid transfer of cargo to rail and are minutes from Interstates-5, 8 and 15 for truck transport. Terminal gates are operated 24 hours each day.  In addition, San Diego offers ample warehouse space, with 1,000,000 sq. feet.


Port cargo terminals are located within 15 miles of the border crossing between the United States and Mexico.


An aggressive international marketing effort is increasing cargo activity. The goal of the Maritime team is to attract niche cargoes, project cargo, maquiladora containers, vehicles, dry bulk commodities, liquid bulk and year-round cold storage cargo. Target areas/countries include Latin America, Mexico, Pacific Rim/Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe.


Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal

This 96 acre, multi-purpose facility offers modern dockside cool/frozen storage, breakbulk, dry/liquid bulk, small scale container operations and warehousing services.


Warehousing and open space:


1,000,000 square feet of warehouses and transit sheds.
25 acres of paved open space for laydown of steel and project cargo.
8 berths (up to 42' MLLW).

Principal inbound cargoes are refrigerated commodities, fertiliser, cement, breakbulk commodities, and forest products (including newsprint, cut paper and cut sheet stock). Primary export cargoes include refrigerated cargo, breakbulk, bulk commodities, vehicles and project cargos.


The Cold Storage Facility is a 300,000 square foot, state-of-the-art on-dock facility that provides a carefully controlled atmosphere for storage of a wide variety of fresh produce and perishables. These include meat, poultry, seafood, citrus, bananas, apples, pears, kiwi, avocados, broccoli, concentrates, dairy and egg products, grapes, kabocha squash, mangoes, melons, stone fruit, strawberries and tomatoes.


Searles Valley Minerals operates a state-of-the-art bulk loader at this terminal. The loader, rated as one of the world's most efficient at 2,000 t per hour, is used to export soda ash, sodium sulphate, borax, pyroborates, bicarbonate of soda and other bulk commodities. Most of their exports go to Central and South America.

Siwertel ship unloader installed in 1998 by Cemex.


300 E Gottwald mobile harbour crane with a 100.0 t lift capacity.

National City Marine Terminal

This is a 135.0 acre complex and a primary port of entry for Honda, Acura, Volkswagen, Audi, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia, Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso, and Hino Motors vehicles.


Pasha Services processes more than 250,000 import and export vehicles annually for distribution by rail and truck throughout the United States. The terminal is capable of handling well over 400,000 vehicles per year.


Another primary commodity handled at this terminal is lumber, transported by barge from the Pacific Northwest. The port has also handled export cattle and containers at the terminal.


Ship capacity at the Port of San Diego National City Marine Terminal has been expanded due to the completion of a wharf extension project. The project added one (1) more berth to the six (6) berths at the terminal and extended the West facing wharf 1,025 feet to the South. The added space will allow for two 700-foot car carrying vessels to berth simultaneously and improve business activity on the wharf.

In addition, Pasha a terminal operator, offers biweekly ro/ro services to Hawaii from the National City Marine Terminal.

B Street and Broadway Pier Cruise Ship Terminals

The B Street Cruise Ship Terminal is located on B Street Pier, between the foot of Broadway and A Street in downtown San Diego. The facility is equipped to handle embarkation and debarkation of passengers and baggage with a 35,000 sq. ft. passenger reception and baggage handling area and a rated capacity of 3,419 persons.

Moreover, the Port of San Diego is building a brand new cruise ship terminal expected to be completed by December 2010.  Once completed, the Broadway Pier cruise ship terminal will accommodate 2,600 passengers per season.  In FY 08/09, San Diego accommodated over 800,000 passengers.

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