A new container terminal in Escondidos port is on track to be completed by mid-2019.
The new facility will allow U.S. cargo to be loaded and unloaded in and out of the port for the first time in decades.
The proposed terminal is located just south of Escondida’s main terminal on the eastern side of the Escondidad Islands, a major oil shipping corridor that is home to a significant number of oil-producing companies.
In recent years, Escondizos oil-field workers have protested the port’s slow progress toward its new terminal and have called for the creation of a new, permanent terminal at the site.
A port official says that while it’s too early to tell what the future of the proposed terminal will look like, there is “a very clear vision for the future that will allow for more efficient and efficient shipping of goods across the island and across the United States.”
The port officials say that the new terminal will be built at the existing, former Marine Base Camp San Diego, which is currently the site of a former military base.