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14 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE MAY 2014 COOL CARGOES By Stephanie Nall BETTING ON BARGES A California businessman steps up with a solution to put reefer cargo on a river service between Stockton and Oakland M EAT AND PRODUCE exporters looking to bypass California's 22-metric-ton weight limit on over-the-road shipments soon may be able to ship overweight containers to the Port of Oakland by barge. A businessman who owns a cold storage facility at the Port of Stockton says he's prepared to pay for reefer plugs on two river barges that serve the ports of Oakland, Stockton and West Sacramento. Mike Girdner, director of M&L Commodities, said the port handles a considerable volume of exports. M&L's 5 million-cubic-foot warehouse, which opened in April 2009, is operated by Lineage Logistics. "Lineage is anxiously awaiting the time when we can put refrigerated containers on the barge and send

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