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The Port of Sacramento
is an inland port located 79 nautical miles (146.3 km) northeast of San Francisco, and is centered in one of the richest agricultural regions in the world. Cargo ships access the Port of Sacramento through San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Bay is a shallow, productive estuary through which water draining from approximately forty percent of California, flowing in the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers from the Sierra Nevada mountains, enters the Pacific Ocean...
and passage up the Sacramento River
The Sacramento River is an important watercourse of Northern and Central California in the United States. The largest river in California, it rises on the eastern slopes of the Klamath Mountains, and after a journey south of over , empties into Suisun Bay, an arm of the San Francisco Bay, and...
and the Sacramento deep water channel
The Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel is a canal from the Port of Sacramento in Sacramento, California to the Sacramento River, which flows into San Francisco Bay. It was completed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers in 1963...
. The ship channel is 43 miles (69 km) long and its project depth is 30 feet (9.1 m).
The Port of Sacramento is used for the export of bagged and bulk rice. Construction materials such as cement, lumber and fertilizer make up a great deal of the Port's cargo volume. The Port is also used for the importation of large project cargo such as wind power
Wind power is the conversion of wind energy into a useful form of energy, such as using wind turbines to make electricity, windmills for mechanical power, windpumps for water pumping or drainage, or sails to propel ships....
The Port of Sacramento is now owned by the city of West Sacramento and has projects to expand the services of the port. Expansion services include a new Pan Pacific Cement and Cemex Cement terminals. Also announced is an agreement with Primafuel for the planned construction of a state of the art biodiesel manufacturing facility.