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 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.
The 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.