The Port of Richmond is the most diversified cargo-handling port in northern California. In addition to its traditional oil and liquid bulk cargoes, the port has expanded to handle dry and break bulk, containers, and automobiles. The Port of Richmond contains five city-owned terminals and ten private terminals. In 1993, the Port of Richmond handled 26 million tons of cargo.
About nine miles from the Golden Gate, the Port of Richmond is accessible through a 38-foot deep-water channel, the Richmond Harbor Channel, maintained by the federal government. Linked to the interstate highway system and transcontinental railroads, the Port of Richmond provides for easy distribution of cargoes to and from its hinterlands.
The Port of Richmond's Terminal 2 contains a 225-foot concrete wharf with a draft of 35 feet and berthing length of 720 feet. Terminal 2 covers about 8 acres, with 140 thousand square feet of warehouse for storage and distribution of liquid bulk. The Terminal boasts rail connections for the easy transfer of cargo.
Terminal 3 in the Port of Richmond supports the import, storage, and distribution of containers, break bulk, and project cargo. It contains a thousand-foot concrete wharf with 1250 feet of berthing space with a depth of 35 feet. Its warehouse covers 80 thousand square feet, and the terminal is connected to adjacent terminals by rail. The Port of Richmond's Terminal 4 covers about 37 acres and offers berthing length of a thousand feet at 28 feet deep. It also contains 12 thousand square feet of warehouse.
The Port of Richmond's Pt. Potrero Marine Terminal supports the import, storage, and distribution of automobiles and dry, liquid, and break bulk cargo. It offers a 2300-foot concrete wharf, two 550-foot concrete piers, and total berthing space of 1620 feet at a depth of 35 feet. The terminal contains two 170-thousand square foot warehouses and 11 rail car spots.