By Karen Robes Meeks
The head of the Port of Stockton said the port reached an important milestone in December when it saw the first wood pellet shipment loaded into the M/V Global Serenity by Metro Ports.
The trial shipment of an estimated 2,000 metric tons of torrefied wood pellets came from Michigan. They were shipped by National Carbon Technologies and heading to Japan, according to the port.
“This shipment is an important milestone for the Port of Stockton,” said Port Director Richard Aschieris. “The port has been actively working with renewable fuels producers for several years now, and this shipment of National Carbon Technologies torrefied pellets advances the Port’s goal of diversifying our cargo base. This market sector is very important to the port for many reasons, and we will continue to support customer interest in achieving their supply chain needs in order to reach both their international and domestic customers.”