Port of Stockton aims to diversify cargo
or decades, agricultural-related products like gypsum from Mexico have been the Port of Stockton’s primary cargo. And last year the port set a new all-time shipping record. “We had our best year ever with about $56 million in revenue,” said Pete Grossgart from the Port of Stockton. In 2017, more than six million tons of cargo came through the port. That’s 300,000 tons more than the year before and nearly double the amount in 2010. Now the port is trying to diversify the kinds of cargo coming through. “Particularly biofuels and renewable energy,” Grossgart said. The Port of Stockton is also working to attract a wood-pellet manufacturing plant that could ship the fuel to Japan.
Port fire damage limited to conveyor belt
Fire destroyed a conveyor belt carrying bulk fertilizer from a ship to an onshore warehouse at the Port of Stockton late Wednesday night, but damage was limited to the equipment itself, and no one was injured in the incident, port officials said. Port Director Richard Aschieris said the fire began about 10:40 p.m. as the Croatian-registered ship Novigrad was unloading potassium nitrate from Chile. Stockton Fire Department crews responded and quickly doused the blaze. He estimated the loss to the port-owned equipment at $80,000 to $90,000. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday.Upload News
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