REDWOOD CITY (KCBS)—The Port of Redwood City welcomed a brand new $55 million cargo ship Tuesday that will play a critical role in beefing up the Bay Area’s infrastructure.

The vessel will visit the port regularly to drop off materials for major projects and is geared towards sharpening the port’s competitive edge.

Among those welcoming the 750-foot long Right Honorable Paul E. Martin was Port of Redwood City executive director Mike Giari.

“We don’t get them that often. Not brand new, not like this one,” Giari said.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

The ship will load construction aggregates and sand in British Columbia and bring them to the Ports of Richmond and Redwood City for drop off for the major global construction materials company Cemex.

“It reinforces the concrete to the highest standards for use in everything from building foundations to freeway overpasses to new projects such as the new 49ers stadium,”Giari added.

Garth Mitchum, director of West Coast for the CSL shipping company said it’s the best product to be used in cement projects from a seismic perspective.

“[It’s] critical for the Bay Area to ensure the maximum amount of safety available with the roads and bridges and the rest of the infrastructure,” said Mitchum

The contract with the self unloading bulk ship is part of the Port of Redwood City’s bid to be more competitive in the cargo business.

The ship will visit the Bay Area every 10 to 15 days.

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