The port has more than forty active deep-water wharves with about
seventy five berths, used primarily for general cargo. All piers are
Piers NW of the Ferry Building have odd numbers and include a passenger
terminal (pier 35), a foreign trade zone (piers 19-23), fishing industry
and an oil pier. The cargo berths have 10.7 m (35') depth and the
passenger pier 11.6 m (38') alongside.
Piers S of the Ferry Building have even numbers working S. The depths
range between 10.7 m (35') and 12.2 m (40') along the principal
The principal wharves are:
VALLEJO, in Mare Island Strait, is of little commercial importance.
There is a fully equipped naval dockyard with four dry docks on the
E side of Mare Island. Vessels proceeding to the dockyard should
wait for a pilot at Carquinez Strait.
CROCKETT, close E of the Carquinez Bridge, 26 miles above Golden
Gate, has a marginal wharf with 825 m berthing length and depths of
9-13.7 m (30'-45') alongside. Handling of sugar and molasses.
OZOL OIL WHARF, 3.7 miles above Carquinez Bridge, has 11.9 m (39')
in the berth.
PORT OF BENICIA at Army Point, 30 miles above Golden Gate, is one of
the leading centres for imported automobiles on the Westcoast, and in
its industrial park there is a new Exxon refinery. Benicia Wharf has
732 m berthing face with 11.6 m (38') depth alongside. Import of
automobiles and export of bulk cargo.
EXXON CRUDE PIER has 365 m berthing length and Exxon Product
Pier has 305 m berthing length, both with depths alongside between
10.3 m and 11.6 m (34'-38'). Hydraulic-operated loading arms. The
Crude Wharf is designed for tankers up to 190,000 dwt.
MARTINEZ, on the S bank opposite Army Point, has the following facilities:
A refinery wharf with 270 m berthing face and depths of 9-12.8 m
(30'-42') alongside, operated by Shell. Pneumatic hose handling
AMORCO WHARVES, close W of the Benicia-Martinez Highway Bridge,
consist of two wharves, one of 270 m and one of 156 m with depths
alongside between 9 m and 12.8 m (30'-42').
UCO OIL WHARF, E of Martinez about 31 miles above Golden Gate,
is a T-headed pier with 10.7 m (35') depth at the head.
AVON REFINERY WHARF, about 32 miles from Golden Gate, is a T-headed
jetty with 405 m berthing length and 10.7 m (35') depth alongside.
handling by hand-operated cranes.
PITTSBURG (38 deg. 02'N - 121 deg. 53'W), 12 miles E of Suisun
and 43 miles above Golden Gate, is a steel producing town with four
An oil pier with one berth with 10 m (33') depth used by the Pacific
and Electric Company.
A wooden wharf with one berth with 10.7 m (35') depth used for
discharging of liquid caustic soda and rutile sand and shipment of coke,
fertilizers, ore and sulphate. The pier is equipped with rail tracks
and a bulk loader conveyor belt with a capacity of 1,500 t/h.
A wooden wharf with 183 m berthing face and 10 m (33') depth, used
by the US Steel for discharging steel products. Rail tracks.
DOW chemical wharf, a wooden finger pier with two berths for handling
salt and chemicals by tankers and barges.
ANTIOCH (38 deg. 01'N - 121 deg. 49'W) is an industrial city
the left bank of San Joaquin River, 47 miles above Golden Gate. There
are two private piers with 9.7 m (32') depth alongside, used for
discharging gypsum to Domtar Inc. and for discharging liquid pulp
and paper products to the Crown-Zellerbach Corporation.
Antioch has a small shipyard with a patent slip for vessels up to