Port of Stockton

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Port of Stockton
Port of Stockton.jpg
Port of Stockton
Country United States
Location Stockton, California
Coordinates 37°57′06″N 121°19′04″W / 37.95164°N 121.31764°W / 37.95164; -121.31764
Opened 1932
Land area 4,200 acres (17 km2)
Available berths 14
Vessel arrivals 230 (CY 2014)
Annual cargo tonnage 4.1 million metric revenue tons (CY 2014)[1]
Value of cargo US$1.5 billion (CY 2014)
Northern California's Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The Sacramento River flows into the delta from the north and the San Joaquin River from the south through Stockton. Map show how far inland the Port of Stockton is.

The Port of Stockton is a major inland deepwater port in Stockton, California located on the San Joaquin River before it joins the Sacramento River to empty into Suisun Bay, eighty miles inland. The port sits on about 4,200 acres (17 km2), and occupies an island in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, and a portion of a neighborhood known as Boggs Tract. It is governed by a commission appointed by the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County. The Port of Stockton is California's third largest port after Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach. In 2012 it supported 4,500 jobs and made about $4.9 million in local tax funds.[2]

Map showing the Port of Stockton on the San Joaquin River


The only natural outlet for the waters of the Central Valley to pass into the sea is through the narrow Carquinez Strait, at the inland eastern extreme of San Pablo Bay. Further inland are Suisun and Grizzly Bays, arms of the Pacific Ocean deep in the Californian interior. Further inland again from these last bays is the broad Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta, formed where the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers meet and cross together. This verdant triangle of land with deep black soils is at the heart of the Central Valley and stretches some fifty miles from Suisun Bay on the west to the cities of Stockton and Sacramento on the east.


Early years[edit]

Stockton, California circa 1860

In 1846, the first cargo boat ascended the San Joaquin River. In 1848, John Doak established the first ferry service on the river, and the first freight vessel, the sloop Maria, visited Stockton. In 1849, Doak brought lumber from San Francisco to Stockton and began a lumber business. By the 1850s, the port had become a center of commodity shipping and the supply center for the goldfields. By the 1860s, the region saw a decline in gold production and an increase in agriculture.


The first dredging contracts for the Stockton Deepwater Channel were awarded in 1930. The Port District officially opened in 1933.


Port management recognized the increasing importance of containerized cargo and upgraded dock side facilities. The ship channel was improved dramatically in order to accommodate large PANAMAX class ships.

2000 to present[edit]

The Navy Ruff and Ready Island Naval Supply Depot built during WWII was phased out of use as a result of special legislation sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein in 1995. It was transferred to the port between 2000 and 2003. This area of the port is now known as the "West Complex".[3]

Port Services[edit]

Port of Stockton worker moving a container.
Two container ships pass in San Francisco Bay near the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Port of Stockton ships pass through the bay to get to the Pacific Ocean


Port of Stockton view from above, with lables.
California’s Green Trade Corridor Marine Highway project to Port of Stockton
  • Deepwater channel is about 35 feet (10 meters), handling ships up 900 feet (275 meters) and 60,000 tons. Dockside transit sheds of up to 1.1 million square feet (102,000 sq. meters). Warehouse storage of up to 7.7 million square feet (715,000 sq. meters).
  • The port runs a marine highway barge service for moving containers to Oakland for shipping.
  • The port has two 140-ton mobile harbor cranes.[4]
  • The port handles containers going in and out of Sacramento, as the Port of Sacramento is a container free port.
  • The Port is part of the California’s Green Trade Corridor Marine Highway project, as ships move cargo much greener than trucks and trains. Green Trade Corridor Marine Highway (ports of Oakland-Stockton-West Sacramento) can improve goods movement through Northern California.[6]


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