Port of Redwood City: Port Tonnage Up 63% in 1st Quarter of New Fiscal Year

Total tonnage for all commodities crossing over the docks at the Port of Redwood City during the 1st quarter of fiscal year 2012 was 296,234 metric tons (MT), an increase of 63% over the same period a year earlier, Port Commission Chairman Dick Claire announced.

Port Operations Manager Don Snaman reported that the approximate percentage breakdowns by commodities:  imported aggregates 33%; imported sand 31%; exported scrap metal 26%; imported gypsum 8%; and the remaining 2% consisted of domestic sand.

            There were 99,017 metric tons of imported aggregates and 91,244 metric tons of imported sand during the 1st quarter of 2012, nearly 150,000 MT more than the same period in FY 11. The fiscal year at the Port goes from July 1 to June 30.

            “In July, there was a mechanical problem with one of the self-discharging vessels used to routinely haul construction materials from British Columbia to the SF Bay Area,” Snaman said.  “Other self-discharging vessels were put into service to cover for the damaged vessel until its repairs were completed.

            “Due to some of these other vessels’ dimensions and characteristics, the Richmond Eagle Rock facility was not able to handle some of these vessels and they were diverted to the Port of Redwood City,” Snaman continued.  “The vessel has now been repaired and the Richmond facility is back on-line at full capacity, and we do not anticipate the continued pace of these sand/aggregate imports.”

            Fifteen vessels (12 ships, 3 barges) made calls during the 1st quarter of FY 12 compared to 12 vessels (8 ships, 4 barges) during the 1st quarter of FY 11. 

Contact: Mike Giara, Executive Director, 650-306-4150 or mgiari@redwoodcityport.com