VALLEJO MARINE TERMINAL, LLC
Vallejo Marine Terminal, LLC has filed an application with the City of Vallejo to approve a Site Development Plan focused on reestablishing the industrial use of this centrally-located marine industrial property. This will be achieved through removal of a deteriorated timber wharf and construction of a modern deep water terminal, including wharf improvements, laydown area, and trucking and rail connections, primarily servicing the import and export of bulk and break-bulk commodities. The project also includes reuse of the existing administrative building and garage. The project will be completed in two separate phases, and operations will ramp up over a period of years.
Phase I will consist of removal of the deteriorated, creosote-timber pile wharf, and construction of a modern, 500 foot long concrete wharf designed to accommodate Handimax class (and short-loaded Panamax class) vessels. Due to the naturally scouring conditions at the mouth of the Mare Island Strait, minimal dredging will be required to achieve a nominal depth at the wharf will be 38’ Mean Lower Low Water. This configuration will allow for a combined annual cargo throughput of approximately 1 million metric tons. Additional work is proposed to update the existing rail infrastructure and develop a complete storm water management plan to protect the adjacent Mare Island Straight. Employment opportunities during the construction phase are anticipated to be about 20 union jobs. Following construction, the terminal anticipates between 25 and 40 full-time employees.
ORCEM CALIFORNIA, INC.
Ecocem Materials Ltd of Dublin Ireland seeks to establish in Vallejo, CA its 4th international plant, its first in North America. Operating as Orcem California, Inc., Ecocem has filed an application with the City of Vallejo for a Major Use Permit to repurpose the ~5 acre former flour milling site to a $30 million green milling plant. The Orcem facility will import a beneficiated byproduct from the processing of iron ore in Asia and Latin America and mill it at the Vallejo facility to produce a low energy binder used to enhance concrete performance and significantly reduce the requirements for energy intensive portland cement. The Orcem project will replace the old flour mill building and storage silos with purpose-built, state of the art milling equipment, silos, and truck/rail loading facilities.
Orcem’s green binder product, technically referred to as GGBFS (ground granulated blast furnace slag, ASTM C-989) has recently been used in Northern California construction projects such as the new segment of the Bay Bridge, the new 49ers Stadium and the new Apple Headquarters to lower those projects’ CO2 footprints, increase concrete durability, and improve appearance. Orcem’s Vallejo facility will significantly increase the limited availability of this important material, and increase the domestic labor content by moving the final stage of its manufacture from Japan to Vallejo.
In addition, by siting the Orcem facility at Vallejo Marine Terminal’s centrally located deep water wharf, the efficiency of both marine and ground logistics are improved versus the current import scenarios, reducing transportation emissions and miles of highway transport.
The 15-month construction phase for the Orcem project will employee 30-40 craftsmen and supervisors. Following construction, the ultra-modern Orcem facility will be operated and managed by 25 full-time employees, and directly create a greater number of jobs for truck drivers and other services.