Take the less congested highway.The M-580 barge service is the faster, cheaper alternative to trucking containers between Oakland and Stockton.
The M-580 barge container service...Creating economic growth in California through freight movement on the Marine Highway.
With the M-580 your business can...Reduce costs, improve logistics and relieve congestion.
M-580 Barge Container Service versus Current System
The current system of transferring containers from the Port of Oakland to the Central Valley of California is wrought with problems. Loaded containers carrying lucrative cargo move at a snail's pace along Interstate 580 - one of the most congested roads in the nation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of empty containers must return to the Port of Oakland to be interchanged only so they can be made available to export shippers back in the Central Valley. Loads and empties pass each other on the highway - wasting time, costing money and precious resources, and polluting California skies. Transportation accounts for 40 percent of California's annual green house gas emissions.
Additionally, shippers tie up working capital by maintaining excess land for container storage, paying demurrage, and risking shipping delays and equipment shortages.
A transportation choice that will:
- • Reduce transportation cost and free up working capital
- • Ease scheduling and equipment shortages
- • Create a "green" supply chain
- • Bring jobs to the community
The M-580 service will move your containers on barges between the ports of Oakland and Stockton on the San Joaquin River, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality. A safe and ecologically sustainable way to move goods along the Marine Highway, the M-580 barge container service can eliminate more than a million truck trips from the roadway.
A satellite container terminal in the San Joaquin County of California will provide a logical and convenient interchange point for containers in close proximity to import distribution centers and exporters, as well as the BNSF and UP rail intermodal facilities. This eliminates hundreds of miles that containers must travel empty, reduces your container storage costs and demurrage, eases scheduling and equipment shortages, and delivers on your schedule.