Total tonnage for all commodities crossing over the Port of Redwood City docks during the first quarter of fiscal year 2014-2015 (ended September 30) was 451,031 metric tons, a 23 percent increase over the prior year.
Manager of Operations Don Snaman reported that the approximate percentage breakdowns by commodities: imported sand, 50%; imported aggregates, 32%; exported shredded scrap metal, 10%; imported bauxite, 6%; and the remaining 2% consisted of domestic sand.
Sand and aggregates continue to be at a high demand for the local ready-mix concrete suppliers who are providing materials for many of the construction projects on the Peninsula and Silicon Valley.
Snaman said 29 vessels (15 ships, 14 barges) made calls during the first quarter compared to 18 vessels (13 ships, 5 barges) during the prior first quarter.
The Port previously reported a 19 percent increase in cargo moved across its wharves in the last fiscal year 2013/2014 that ended June 30, 2014. The 1,784,659 metric tons were the highest at the Port since 2006 and the third highest in modern Port history.