The mission took place from Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3, 2015. This trip follows a recent San Diego regional trade mission to Mexico City that was organized by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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 Biglift Shipping vessel Happy Dynamic called at the Port of San Diego's Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal this month with a load of specialty cargo to be used by a local shipbuilder – highlighting the Port's essential role in the San Diego regional economy. The ship arrived April 2, 2015, and departed April 8, 2015.
Biglift's Happy Dynamic is a heavy lift vessel, capable of handling heavy and oversized items and other specialized equipment with 800-ton-capacity onboard cranes in tandem lift (two cranes, each of 400-metric-ton capacity), as well as another 120-metric-ton crane. The vessel offloaded 2,800 tons of shipbuilding materials from Masan, South Korea including engine components, a propeller and steel. The cargo will be used by a major San Diego employer, General Dynamics NASSCO, which is constructing a series of LNG-powered container vessels and eco-tankers that will be deployed in domestic cargo markets.
The Port of San Diego has issued a Notice of Preparation for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to fully study the potential effects of a proposed modernization plan for the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal (TAMT), located off Harbor Dr. and Cesar Chavez Pkwy.
"The proposed plan will optimize the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal as a vital, global gateway for imports and exports and boost San Diego's role as a true global city of the 21st Century," said the Port of San Diego's Maritime Director Joel Valenzuela.
The proposed plan will create three terminals within one existing footprint, and bring additional cargo through the terminal within its current specialties of break-bulk cargo such as military and energy parts, refrigerated containers for fresh produce, and clean bulk cargo used in construction. The proposal includes removal of obsolete infrastructure and upgrades facilities in order to handle more cargo in an efficient and environmentally responsible way.