Materials Handled Overview


LRTC's expertise is the handling of many types of dry bulk materials with seamless transition. Multiple cargoes can be handled at the same time to ensure our customers satisfaction. Two vessels can be worked simultaneously either loading or unloading. LRTC prides itself on being flexible and accommodating to ensure that our customers' needs are met. 


LRTC is capable of handling many different types of bulk materials and each opportunity is evaluated to ensure proper handling and space availability. The following bulk materials are handled at the terminal:

Scrap Metal

Scrap metal is exported through LRTC. Sims Metal Management operations are located adjacent to LRTC's terminal. Scrap is moved to the terminal with large dump trucks, dumped into metal skips and loaded onto vessels with large shore side gantry cranes. Multiple grades of scrap are loaded onto bulk vessels; including heavy melting steel, bales, bushing, bonus grade and shred.

Petroleum Coke

Calcined and green petroleum cokes are exported through the terminal. Green petroleum coke is received in rail and truck shipments.  Green petroleum coke is loaded onto vessels with shore side gantry cranes and conveying systems. The calcined petroleum coke is stored in an on-site coke barn and on other sites near the berths and loaded onto vessels using shore-side gantry cranes.

Iron Ore

materials-handled-2.jpgIron Ore is being shipped in unit trains from Utah.  The ore is unloaded from railcars through the bottom-dump hopper unloading system and stockpiled on the dock for export vessels.    The ore is loaded with the portable ship-loader and a second conveying system.  The ore is also loaded at the Port of Stockton and often the vessels load the initial half of the shipment in Stockton and LRTC loads the second half of the shipment.  This allows the shipper to load large quantities of ore annually for export shipments to China.


Coal is shipped via rail to the terminal for export. Coal is generally shipped in unit train quantities from various mine sites to the terminal and unloaded through the hopper unloading building. Coal is stockpiled until a sufficient amount is available to load the vessel.

Granulated Blast Furnace Slag

image010.jpgGranulated blast furnace slag is imported from Asia for use in cement production. 

Other Potential Bulk Materials

Several other bulk materials have been handled through the terminal. Please contact us with any questions about potential new cargoes.

Recycling and Beyond

The founding owners of LRTC learned the value of recycling many years ago while operating as a metals handling company. After WWII Levin Metals Corporation (LMC) helped meet the demands of a growing economy by recycling scrap metal instead of digging and smelting ore. Since then about half of the steel produced in this country has been recycled. Steel is now North America's number 1 recycled product. Each year more steel is recycled than aluminum, paper, glass and plastic combined.

Today, LRTC also helps industry find markets and uses for by-products that might otherwise become waste, making productive use of what would otherwise go to landfills.

Petroleum coke is a by-product of petroleum refining. LRTC provides an efficient way to transfer and ship this by-product to foreign markets. Calcined petroleum coke can be used in the manufacture of anodes for processing aluminum and titanium, and other industrial products. Green petroleum coke is also a clean and efficient energy source for cement, steel, and power plants.

LRTC also handles granulated blast furnace slag, a by-product of the iron and steel industry. Ground granulated blast furnace slag is combined with Portland cement to make high-performance concrete. Slag cement is one of the most sustainable construction materials available.