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San Diego Bay is located about 96 nautical miles southeast of Los Angeles and just north of the United States-Mexico border. San Diego's close proximity to open ocean and lack of shipping congestion make it an excellent location for cargo shipping.

The Port serves as a transshipment facility for the region. The year-round mild climate is conducive to handling all types of cargo: container, dry bulk, liquid bulk, refrigerated, vehicle, breakbulk, and project cargo.

The Port's two marine cargo facilities are Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal and National City Marine Terminal. The Port also owns the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal.


Norwegian Jewel Makes Inaugural Visit to the Port of San Diego

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Norwegianjewel0503143417The Port of San Diego welcomed the Norwegian Jewel for its inaugural call on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The 965-foot long vessel was on the last leg of a 22-day Panama Canal and Caribbean Cruise. It arrived in San Diego Bay early Saturday morning after sailing from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Coupled with a visit by the Norwegian Pearl on Friday, May 2, it marked the return of Norwegian Cruise Line to the San Diego cruise market for the first time in five years – one of many signals that the West Coast cruise market is on the rebound.


Port Handles Massive Shipment for Power Plant in Mexico

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DSC 0124The Port of San Diego handled a key export shipment at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal on Saturday, April 5, 2014, when SSA Marine and local longshore workers offloaded a massive generator. The generator was then trucked across the U.S.-Mexico border for development of the Agua Prieta power plant in Sonora, Mexico.

Along with the generator – which at 300 metric tons was the Port's heaviest shipment in 10 years – more than 200 wooden pallets and ancillary equipment were offloaded from the heavy lift vessel M/V Palabora.


Port’s Shore Power Project Selected as Public Works Project of the Year

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tamtdole0744shorepowerThe Port of San Diego's shore power system at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal was selected in March as a public works 2014 Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association.

The new shore power system, dedicated on February 24, will improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by allowing cargo vessels to "plug-in" and use electrical power from San Diego Gas & Electric instead of relying on diesel fuel engines while in port.