April 11 - The Port of San Diego has handled a 300-tonne generator destined for the Agua Prieta power plant in Sonora, Mexico.

Along with the generator, which the port claims was its heaviest shipment in ten years, more than 200 wooden pallets and ancillary equipment were offloaded from Combi Lift's Palabora at the Californian port.

The power plant equipment was loaded onto Palabora in Dunkerque, France and was shipped to the USA by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas.

At the Port of San Diego's Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, SSA Marine and local longshore workers offloaded the heavy generator, before it was transported over the Mexico-US border and on to the Mexican plant site by Contractors Cargo Companies.

"The Port of San Diego is proud to be entrusted with this valuable cargo that will support renewable energy production, reducing greenhouse gas emissions with construction of a new power plant in Mexico," said Bob Nelson, chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners.

In August 2013, the Port of San Diego completed a USD3 million capital improvement project at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal to provide more flexible berthing and to improve its ability to handle speciality cargo that requires large space for storage and staging.