Deepwater Channel

Channel Depth

35 feet (10.6 meters) – At mean lower, low water
40 feet (12.1 meters) – At average high tide

Channel Capacity

Up to Panamax-size vessels fully loaded sailing at high tide. The waterway has no width restriction and will handle 45,000 to 55,000 ton class ships fully loaded. Up to 80,000 ton class vessels can transit the channel partially loaded.

Navigation Aids

Usual channel markers and lights.


Pilot fee is assessed each way, subject to a (percent) surcharge on vessels over 600 feet (182 meters) but less than 625 feet (190.5 meters) in length, thereafter an additional (percent) surcharge is assessed for each increment of 25 feet (7 meters) over 625 feet (190.5 meters).

Tugs Available

Brusco Tug and Barge
Port of Stockton CA
24 hr./7 day per week tugboat services

Contact information:
Office (916) 372-0986 (24hr)
Area Manager, Capt. Jeff Hedlund (360)430-1199 (24hr)
Corp office (360) 636-3341 (24hr)
Harbor services/rates: Capt Kevin Campbell (360) 431-5142

Port of Stockton tugboats:
Angie Brusco: 1,800hp/twin engine
Julius Brusco: 1,500hp/twin engine
Additional tugboats from 1,000hp to 3,000hp available in the SF Bay/Delta area including the Port of Stockton, CA upon request.

Brusco Tug and Barge has provided safe and reliable ship docking tugboat services at the Port of Stockton for 25 plus years.

Seaway Towing

Marine Express, Inc.
PO Box 4008
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Ph: 877-523-6279
Fax: 877-523-6329

Edward F Esch

Twin Screw
84’ Length
ABS Loadline
USCG approved
AWO Approved

Marine Sunshine

Twin Screw
75’ Length
USCG approved
AWO Approved
Repowered ‘09

Seaway Company has been serving customers in the Port of Stockton for more than 10 years; Seaway Company offers a wide range of capabilities and services.


There is a fixed span high level toll bridge across Carquinez Strait, with a minimum clearance of 134 feet (41 meters) above mean high water. The Southern Pacific Railroad lift span bridge crosses Suisun Bay 6.5 miles (10.5 kilometers) upstream from the Carquinez Bridge, with a minimum clearance above mean high water of 70 feet (21.3 meters) when closed and 135 feet (41.1 meters) when open. The horizontal clearance on the lift span is 291 feet (88.7 meters). A third bridge, 22 miles (35.1 kilometers) above the Southern Pacific bridge, is near Antioch. It is a fixed span bridge with a minimum clearance above mean high water of 135 feet (41.1 meters).